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Bill Gates predicted smartphones, social media and more

Bill Gates predicted smartphones, social media and more
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The next time Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks, you may want to listen up. It turns out, if you look back to what he has said over the years, many of his predictions about the future were spot on.

Just think back to 1999. If someone asked you what you'd be doing in 2015, odds are you wouldn't have said you'd be using your smartphone to do banking and chat with friends on social media sites. And you probably would have never guessed you'd be going online to find employees, comparison shop, or just about anything else you commonly do these days.

But, way back in 1999, in a book called "Business @ the Speed of Thought," Bill Gates rattled off predictions that have largely come true. In fact, the accuracy of some of his predictions are downright incredible. For example, among many other predictions, in 1999, he said:

"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."

Surely, comments like that were greeted with a lot of eye rolls, especially given how many times Microsoft tried and failed to make such gadgets popular. But, of course, he eventually turned out to be right on. Want to see 15 predictions Bill Gates made in 1999? Keep reading.

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