It's no secret that Bill Gates is one of the most successful people in the world. The Microsoft founder is worth an estimated $91.1 billion, so it's safe to say that he knows a thing or two about business, and in 1999, he wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, which basically foresaw the future.
In it, he made a number of claims about new businesses that would develop over the coming years - many of which were unthinkable at the time, especially as the internet was still in its infancy. However, as Markus Kirjonen, a business student, has pointed out, they were eerily accurate.
But what does Bill Gates have to say about the year 2030? Check out the video below to find out:
While there is no doubt Gates himself would not claim to be clairvoyant, he's clearly got a knack for spotting what will and will not be a bit hit down the line. As a result, it would be interesting to see what predictions he has for 30 years from now. Maybe flying cars will be a thing by then?
Here are 15 of Gates' most accurate predictions from Business @ the Speed of Thought...
1. Price-comparison sites
Gates' prediction: "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."
What we have: A simple search for a product on Google or Amazon will present users with numerous price comparisons. There are also various sites which exist solely for this purpose including NexTag, PriceGrabber, and Microsoft's own Bing Shopping.
2. Mobile devices
Gates' prediction: "People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are. 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."
What we have: Smartphones, smartwatches, speakers like the Amazon Echo, have enabled us to access a vast amount of information at our fingertips, forever changing how we live our day to day lives and communicate with each other.
3. Online payments, finances, and healthcare
Gates' prediction: "People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet."
What we have: Paypal and online banking apps have made it easier to manage your finances, and while the healthcare industry hasn't radically changed in the way that Uber has changed the transportation one, sites like ZocDoc have made it easier to find a doctor.