Incredible article, was a blast to read. I'd like to compare your predictions to my situations. Please note that I'm much older than your son obviously, so I might sound old-school-ey in my judgement.
1. 5G is still a fata morgana here. Some ISPs has been pushing "cellular broadband", but when it comes to performance, price, and convenience, fiber optic cables are still king. We just moved to our new home this new year, and after weighing our choices, we decided to go with fiber optic cables as they're much cheaper while offering better stability. It's here to stay.
2. Yes, I couldn't even remember where I put my Nikon point and shoot. But, I still have my 2012 (I think) Sony Camcorder that I use occasionally. The only reason I use it is it's easy to mount on a tripod, so whenever I need to record something where the camera needs to stay put (family gatherings comes to mind), I'd whip out the old badboy. Yes, the video quality is... unremarkable (it's not even Full HD I believe), but it had its uses. The projector is handy too.
3. We had a landline installed back in 2017 in our last house. Never really used it. It's part of the internet package so there's nothing we could do.
4. I first dipped my proverbial feet on SSDs sometime around 2018. Very late to the party. But when I first used an SSD, I swear it felt like I was running an alien technology. Never in my wildest dream I ever thought a computer could run that fast. 6 seconds boot time yeah.
5. Let's face it, windowed OS is here to stay.
6. HDD is still everywhere,, but yes, SSD is becoming the new standard real quick.
7. I'm not really a cinema-goers type of guy, but with the pandemic, it's basically went from "going to the cinema once per month" to "never visit one in an entire year" type of thing.
8. I can't say much about this though, but safe to stay we all still use the mouse.
9. I WAS a staunch supporter of 3D TVs. We bought a 3D TV back in 2010-2011, we picked that model solely because its 3D tech. It was expensive, yes, but we believed in it. It was amazing at first, then it got old quickly, and we ended up never using that feature. We still have the TV on the living room, but boy it's long in the tooth.
10. When it comes to remote controls, I actually went backwards. I used to have a Samsung phone which has IR blaster, I could control everything with that single phone. Then I upgraded to Galaxy Note 7 (not sponsored) that I'm still using now and it has no IR blaster. I went backwards this time.
11. Desktop PC is still here to stay, but PC builders I believe is on the rise.
12. This point actually made me feel really old. I still dial numbers, of course that's more of a copy-and-paste business now, but still am.
13. What's a prime time?
14. What's a fax machine?
15. I watch all movies online like everyone else, but if there's a movie I really like (and I mean, really really like), I'd go ahead and actually buy a disc version of that movie. I don't know, there's something about having the hard medium, like owning a piece of history. Same goes for music discs.
IF there's something I could take from reading this article and comparing it to myself, it's that I'm far behind the technology curve.
Back in around 2013, I actually made few predictions about the future. Some of them are :
- Windows Phone will take over the world (was a staunch supporter of WP, we all know how it went)
- AMOLED screens will be everywhere (somewhat true on phones, but a far cry on desktop monitors, laptops, or TVs)
- 360 folding laptops will come as a standard (funnily enough 360 laptop seems to be rather rare,, but on the other hand it's somewhat of the new hot stuff on the phones side)
- No one would beat Lumia 1020's 41 MP camera when it comes to megapixels (horribly wrong, as I've seen phones go up all the way to 108 MP mark)
- Sometime in the future, Qualcomm would overtake AMD as the main rival to Intel in desktop space, and Intel would start to dominate the mobile space (ridiculously wrong, as bad as my stock predictions. In reality, AMD turns competitive against Intel, Intel utterly fails at mobile (phone) space, and Qualcomm is in its own pocket dimensions now with its own rivals)
- Laptop GPUs would be as powerful as their desktop counterparts (please tell me this one is true)
- Cryptocurrency is another fad (I always wanted to hang my head in shame when I thought about this one. I made mistakes, yes, but this one is just unbearable)