While projecting the changes that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) might bring about in the future, it was interesting to look back and see just what didn’t exist 10 years ago. Keep in mind that the Internet itself is only just over 30 years old.
Facebook didn’t open to the general public until September 2006, just slightly more than 10 years ago.
There was no iPhone, iPad or App Stores.
No Android or iOS.
No Kindle, or iBooks.
No Uber or Lyft.
No Spotify, Instagram or Snapchat.
No Oculus, no VR.
No Nest or smart home products.
Ready merchant access wasn’t available through Stripe and Square.
When we travelled there was no AirBnB (or VRBO) for an alternative to hotel rooms.
And Slack for collaboration or Amazon Web Services.
There was no Dropbox.
In just 10 years some, or all, of these have become an essential part of our lives. All were not even ‘imaginable’ 10 years ago.
The next 10, and 30, years are going to be an exciting ride.