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10 tech trends you don’t have to worry about (2018 edition)

Andrew C. Oliver | Nov. 20, 2017
2017 was a bit of a snoozer in technology, so 2018 can’t help but be more disruptive. But not that much more


Last week, I gave you some things to worry about for 2018. This week, as we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, as is my tradition, I want to share the things you can rest easy about in the coming year—many because they’re just not going to happen.

Honestly, 2017 was a bit of a snoozer in technology, so 2018 can’t help but be more disruptive. But not that much more.


Worry No. 1 to set aside: Buying a VR headset

Don’t worry that everyone is talking about VR headsets. Aside from a few video games, only the worst kind of hipsters are going to walk around looking stupid with these kind of things. Remember 3D TVs? Same deal here: No one wants to wear glasses if they don’t have to. (In other words, don’t be a glasshole.)


Worry No. 2 to set aside: The cloud eating the world

While the rate of adoption is accelerating, I’m going to call BS on the analyst figures about cloud growth. Ominous statements like 92 percent of enterprises will be on the cloud by 2020 or that 70 percent are already there are the kind of wishful thinking from industry participants.

I’m not saying to sit on your hands, but this is still an ongoing process and we won’t be anywhere near done in three years. I also doubt the adoption will ever be 92 percent. There are some things that are just safer where they are.


Worry No. 3 to set aside: 8K video

Once again, you still don’t need to think about this unless you’re an IMAX theater. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is going to give Comcast and Verizon little motivation to up network speeds that the next level of video resolution would require. Plus, the screens are still priced for those jerkoffs with more money than sense. And most people are still not up to 4K yet.


Worry No. 4 to set aside: CloudFoundry going away

I’ll eat my words on this. CloudFoundry is hot, because large companies are looking for a strategy that lets them manage systems and because no one wants to be held hostage to one cloud provider. CloudFoundry is well positioned and seems to be taking advantage of that position. I’ve not seen evidence that any other similar public/private PaaS solution is competitive.


Worry No. 5 to set aside: Sales of US$1,000 phones

The truth is that people will pay US$1,000 for a status phone. The iPhone and Galaxy S people will still upgrade, even though $1,000 is the new top-end phone price. Get over it: If you’ve been paying US$600 to US$800 for a phone, you’ll pay US$1,000. Prediction: They’ll be testing US$1,200 soon.


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