The Hottest Trends From 1997 And Predictions For 2018

We are diving head first into the New Year with a look back at technology of the past that shaped today’s world and a look forward with some predictions as to what is to come.  The year 1997 proved to be very innovative for the technology industry.  We experienced Windows 95 Upgrade (startup and access), the Palm Pilot (synchronized data), Netscape (web browser battles), Real Player (music streaming), and much more.  Moving into 2018, we throw out predictions related to data hacking, net neutrality pricing, Bitcoin acceptance, recreational drone use regulation, virtual reality, and 5G experimentation.

Distracted Driving Nearly Cost Us Our Lives

Late Friday night, Dave and his wife were driving home from an evening out with friends.  After an evening of eating out, board games, and lots of laughs, they were nearly t-boned in a residential area by a driver driving 65 miles per hour and distracted by being on their phone.

  • The driver damaged their vehicle, 200 feet of fencing, and a sidewalk
  • Admittedly, the driver was using their phone and did not recognize the stop sign
  • Moreover, the driver admitted to not ever seeing Dave, clearly unaware while driving
  • Stay off your phones; be safe; get home in a piece; think of your loved ones

1997 Called…and It Wants Its Technology Back

Some cutting edge technology was introduced in 1997.  Yep, that’s twenty years ago already!  Advancements were being made in gaming with Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation.  Internet browser wars were already being fought between Netscape and Internet Explorer.  Streaming services such as Real Player and WebTV were coming into focus.

  • Windows 95 Upgrade simplified program access and personal computing startup
  • Palm Pilot 1000 was the introduction into synchronised data information
  • Al Gore expanded ARPANET funding and championed many high speed telecom bills
  • Apple PowerBook 1400 was marketed at the cost of $2,500; $2,900 with CD-ROM

Steve’s 2018 Predictions

As we like to do here on the podcast, we throw out some predictions for the upcoming year.  Our laundry list of predictions cover the spectrum of technology industries

  • Hacks and data breaches to continue at alarming rate
  • Social media addictions will be greater and more health studies will be conducted
  • Net Neutrality – companies will experiment with pricing structures and content access
  • Amazon will be taken to court as a monopoly either domestically or internationally
  • AI, AR, and VR will dominate 2018 but which will be a more useful application
  • 5G rollout in limited geographical areas for those wanting to pay more for access
  • More widespread acceptance to Bitcoin at hotels, restaurants, and businesses
  • Major rule redesign to the recreational drone industry due to safety concerns


The Hottest Tech Items from 1997

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