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Bill Gates' Predictions From 1999 Are Eerily Accurate

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While we spend a lot of time looking ahead to the future to see what our world might look like in 2020 or 2050, looking back at the predictions made about our current world way back when can be just as revealing and interesting.

To that end, Business Insider has published a set of 15 predictions made by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates that have turned out to be eerily accurate.

While some his predictions are still in their "early adoption" phase, such as video home monitoring, other things such as live links on TV, discussion boards online, social media, and mobile phones are such a big part of our life it's hard to imagine a time before them.

You can see his 15 predictions below:

MOBILE DEVICES

"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."

INSTANT PAYMENTS AND ONLINE FINANCING

"People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet."

PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

"'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. The device will check your email or notifications, and present the information that you need. 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."

ONLINE HOME-MONITORING

"Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home."

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SOCIAL MEDIA

"Private websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events."

AUTOMATED PROMOTIONAL OFFERS

"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."

LIVE SPORTS DISCUSSION SITES

"While watching a sports competition on television, services will allow you to discuss what is going on live, and enter contests where you vote on who you think will win."

SMART ADVERTISING

"Devices will have smart advertising. They will know your purchasing trends, and will display advertisements that are tailored toward your preferences."

LINKS TO SITES DURING LIVE TV

"Television broadcast will include links to relevant websites and content that complement what you are watching."

ONLINE DISCUSSION BOARDS

"Residents of cities and countries will be able to have internet-based discussions concerning issues that affect them, such as local politics, city planning, or safety."

INTEREST-BASED ONLINE SITES

"Online communities will not be influenced by your location, but rather, your interest."

PROJECT-MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

"Project managers looking to put a team together will be able to go online, describe the project, and receive recommendations for available people who would fit their requirements."

ONLINE RECRUITING

"Similarly, people looking for work will be able to find employment opportunities online by declaring their interest, needs, and specialised skills."

BUSINESS COMMUNITY SOFTWARE

"Companies will be able to bid on jobs, whether they are looking for a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be efficient for both big companies that want to outsource work that they don't usually face, businesses looking for new clients, and corporations that don't have a go-to provider for the said service."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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