With the Mayan Apocalypse behind us, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and start looking forward to the year 2013. Here’s a prediction: It’s going to be a weird one.
To get you started, just check out some of the new 2013 entries in the Guinness Book of World Records, courtesy of The Telegraph. No human should do that to his or her biceps. I’m going to venture an optimistic prediction though; these oddities will not represent the pinnacle of human achievement in 2013.
I usually try to avoid the crystal ball. It’s a risky thing to do, according to this year’s forecasting wunderkind Nate Silver, who wrote a great book on the subject this year, in addition to nailing the 2012 election for The New York Times and being featured in his own FreakyFriday segment (we should all have the kind of year).
But my guess (or hope) is that new technologies – freaky, cool and useful – will to open up new possibilities for small businesses and entrepreneurs to realize their big ideas.
Some things to look out for in 2013:
1. Inc. Magazine foresees gesture control for tablets and computers making huge strides this year. Think of the Xbox Kinect, but for your computer. Developers will go nuts with new applications for this technology. Soon you’ll be able to answer calls with the literal snap of a finger.
Another humble prediction: This will create many more opportunities for nerds to pretend that they are Jedi.
2. Here is an awesome roundup of 2013 predictions from the brilliant folks at the Nieman Journalism Lab. As a content producer, it’s worth keeping tabs on the media world, as newsrooms are grappling with many of the same fundamental Web questions that all businesses are. One of the best insights – responsive design is going to get weird this year.
3. Or maybe optimism is useless because the robots are going to replace us all.
Here’s to living in interesting times, and Happy New Year!
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