Bill Gates made some very interesting predictions back in 1999... and amazingly so, they all came true.
Here's the full story...
We all know Bill Gates as the founder of Microsoft...
And of course, he's also known for being a very intelligent man.
So much so...
That the multi-billionaire has made some staggering predictions in the last few decades that have all come true.
Don't believe us?
Well, scroll on to find out exactly what Gates has predicted over the years and what actually came true...
Now, as you will all be aware, Bill Gates is one successful guy.
Well, he doesn't have the shabbiest of resumes; he is the co-founder of Microsoft and is now one of the richest men in the world, with his net worth coming in at around $124 billion dollars, according to Forbes.
Microsoft has grown to become one of the largest and most successful tech companies in the world.
The company wrote and developed one of the most-used computer software in the world.
According to Forbes, Microsoft is the third biggest company in the world with an estimated worth of $947 billion dollars.
Not bad for a college dropout, right?Yep, Bill Gates never actually graduated. He initially left Seattle and enrolled at Harvard University in the fall of 1973, aiming for a career in law after pressure from his parents. However, Gates would spend more time in the computer lab than he would in class, and he rarely studied for his exams.
He dropped out of college in 1975...
Because college life really isn't for everyone!
A mere 2 years after enrolling, Gates left Harvard and re-joined his partner, Paul Allen, whom he had started a small computer company with when he was just fifteen.
Cue the birth of Microsoft.
via: GettyFast forward a couple of years and the pair had created their company, Microsoft. The name Microsoft came from a blend of the words "micro-computer" and "software," and was officially launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976.
Microsoft went from strength to strength.After nearly ten years of writing and developing the Microsoft operating systems, the company released its crowning achievement in 1985: Microsoft Windows.
And he didn't stop there.
So, as you can see, Gates' net worth is somewhat deserved...
And he is also incredibly generous with his wealth! It is estimated that he has given away around $45 billion over the years to his and his wife's charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which primarily works to combat global poverty.
Their work has saved millions of lives.
But as well as being one of the richest people on the planet...
Gates is also known for being insanely intelligent.
Obviously, you have to be pretty smart to create one of the world's leading software!
But it seems that Gates has also had some pretty smart ideas in the last few decades.
Not only has he come up with ingenious business ideas...
But he has made an awful lot of predictions that have actually come true over the last twenty years.
In 1999, Gates released his book Business @ the Speed of Thought...
And he made a wide selection of very bold predictions of what would happen in the upcoming decades.
But amazingly so, many of his predictions have actually come true over the last 2 decades!
Firstly, he predicted online price comparison services - something that so many of us swear by today in 2021.
"Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries," he said in the book, as per LadBible.
He then predicted the concept of smartphones.
"People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are."
He really knocked this one out of the park...
"They will be able to check the news, see flights they have booked, get information from financial markets, and do just about anything else on these devices."
He also presciently said:
"People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet."
Because who doesn't use online banking in 2021?!
And as for current technologies like Alexa?
"Personal companions will be developed. They will connect and sync all your devices in a smart way, whether they are at home or in the office, and allow them to exchange data", Gates wrote.
"The device will check your email or notifications, and present the information that you need."
He went on:
"When you go to the store, you can tell it what recipes you want to prepare, and it will generate a list of ingredients that you need to pick up. It will inform all the devices that you use of your purchases and schedule, allowing them to automatically adjust to what you're doing."
And as for those aforementioned Ring doorbells and Google Nest technologies that many homes have now? Well, Gates saw them coming from a mile off.
He wrote: "Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home."
Gates also touched upon social media, which wasn't at all a popular phenomenon back in 1999.
"Private websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events," he stated.
He then predicted:
"Software that knows when you've booked a trip and uses that information to suggest activities at the local destination. It suggests activities, discounts, offers, and cheaper prices for all the things that you want to take part in."
This is literally what platforms like Facebook and Instagram do right now. Mind-blowing!
"Devices will have smart advertising. They will know your purchasing trends and will display advertisements that are tailored toward your preferences."
In the whole book, he predicts many other things like online job recruitment, interest-based forums - Facebook groups, basically - and a host of other things that we now treat as standard parts of daily life...
Meaning that Gates is a man who we should really be listening to when it comes to what the future holds!