January 17

Looking Back at 2022

This is the time of year where people tend to make their predictions for what’s to come in 2023. And this year – a lot of the pundits are predicting a lot of doom and gloom. Talks of continued layoffs… a looming recession… it’s a good thing that today is Friday as I write this, otherwise, my mood may be ruined for the day just thinking about everything.

But what do pundits really know, anyway?

I thought it’d be interesting to look back at some of the 2022 predictions that were made in the world of tech to see if what people foresaw actually came true. In my research, I found that many predictions actually did come true – but some, alas, did not. Here are a few to note:

There were lots of predictions made, but I picked one to look back on and sort of “fact check”:

From Dave Wright, Contributor at Forbes:

AI and Humans Will Collaborate More 👍
We certainly saw AI continue to explode in 2022 – particularly towards the end of the year, as OpenAI released ChatGPT into the wild.

Employees will demand – and deserve – more 👎
Employees probably do deserve more, but we’ve started to see things swing back in the favor of employers. From Elon Musk asking his staff to “go hardcore” to CEO’s pushing people to get back to the office, it seems like demands from employees may be starting to fall on deaf ears

We’ll be acutely aware of our physical world 👍
While some of the talk in the tech world for a while involved Metaverses… the reality is that we live in a physical world… and 2022 brought a lot of “physical world” issues, including logistical, macroeconomic, geopolitical… and, well, you name it.

Dave’s predictions were hit and miss, overall – which seems to be the case for most pundits. Nobody really knows what’s ahead. But hey, it’s an interesting thought exercise to think about what’s to come and how it may affect us all!

Mike Belsito

About the author

Mike Belsito is a startup product and business developer who loves creating something from nothing. Mike is the Co-Founder of Product Collective which organizes INDUSTRY, one of the largest product management summits anywhere in the world. For his leadership at Product Collective, Mike was named one of the Top 40 influencers in the field of Product Management. Mike also serves as a Faculty member of Case Western Reserve University in the department of Design and Innovation, and is Co-Host of one of the top startup podcasts online, Rocketship.FM. Prior to Product Collective, Mike spent the past 12 years in startup companies as an early employee, Co-Founder, and Executive. Mike's businesses and products have been featured in national media outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, NPR, and elsewhere. Mike is also the Author of Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of us, one of the top startup books on Amazon.


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