Top 5 Incredible Predictions For Our Future!

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In 1989 the film Back To The Future Part 2 predicted what the future would look like in 2015 with some very accurate results including drones, video chat and even thumbprint payment! We have spent some time this week looking past 2015 to the not so distant future to find out some of the changes that our world may face.

Self Driven Cars

Techcrunch released an article this week stating that driving your car could soon become illegal! Not because of the environment or because of improvements to public transport but because of the number of accidents that driving causes; traffic accidents account for one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe each year. Over the past few years Google has been testing out its autonomous vehicles and they have now logged more the one million miles on roads full of human driven cars and they have yet to cause a single accident!

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Machine Intelligence

With the popularity of the recent Channel 4 program Humans, machine intelligence has become a popular subject matter over the past few months. Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding how a mind works and can be built and we will inevitably reach a point where we will no longer find ourselves alone.

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Space Travel

As we have focussed on the internet, biology and technological developments on earth, space exploration has taken a back seat over the past few decades. This will surely change as we coast into the future with companies and rich individuals taking on the space exploration challenge rather than the richest countries. We are already seeing programs being worked on including Virgin Galactic and Space X.

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Species Disappearing

As a species we have caused rapid changes to the global climate, often changing landscapes and environments wherever we settle. There is evidence that we are in the sixth massive species extinction of the history of our planet and it is predicted that many different species will likely be killed off as we go on. It has been predicted that 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2000 years and disappearances have already begun.

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Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing. Fundraising websites like Shareagift are also seeing users flood their sites looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group saving is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own. If this trend carries on eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes.

If you have any ideas or plans that could affect the future then why not start a Shareagift campaign and raise money to get your idea off the ground. Shareagift provides you with an easy way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to funding events for parties and charitable causes.

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Top 5 Amazing Predictions That Came True!

Across the UK today people have been looking to the skies to see what the weather is like. For today is St. Swithin’s Day and which marks an age-old prophecy that states that the weather on the 15th of July will continue for forty days. We hope that this prophecy doesn’t come true as it was pouring down with rain this morning when we were on our way into the office! With this in mind we have compiled a list of 5 prophecies and predictions which have all come to fruition in some shape or form.

1 – Nostradamus And The Great Fire

The oldest prophecy in our list is from Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus. His book , Les Propheties, was published in and people have attributed his writings to truthful predictions of major events throughout history. One of the most famous ones is his prophecy which reads ‘the blood of the just will be demanded of London, Burt by the fire in the year 66’. In 1666 the great fire of London destroyed the city burning 70,000 of the cities 80,000 inhabitants homes. Many associate this event with Nostradamus’s famous prophecy.

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2 – John Watkins And Digital Photography

In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Elferth Watkins made an eerily accurate prediction about the future of photography. He stated that ‘Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. ‘If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later, photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colours.’ When he predicted this it was taking around a week for a picture from China to make it’s way into Western papers and colour photography was still very experimental!

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3 – Ward Lamon And The Assasination

According to Abraham Lincoln’s friend Ward Hill Lamon, three days before he was assassinated he had a dream predicting his own death. The dream took place in the in the Whitehouse where he heard sobbing coming from a room downstairs. When he entered the room he found a corpse surrounded by soldiers with people weeping around it. ‘Who is dead in the White House? I demanded of one of the soldiers. The President was his answer; He was killed by an assassin. Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream.’

4 – The Simpsons And Farmville

Bizarrely our next prediction is from the Simpsons! Over the years many ideas and themes that have been in episodes have come true years later. One of our favourite ones is the farming simulator. An episode which aired in 1998 had children of Springfield going crazy for a video game which was centred around virtual yard work. Around ten years later kids and adults alike became obsessed with similar games including Farmville and Farming Simulator!

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5 – Apple and The Future

In 1987 Apple made a promotional video entitled ‘Knowledge Navigator’ which looked into the future and tried to predict some of the tech advances that would have happened. Take a look at the video which is weirdly accurate, a man is using his touchscreen flat pc (or tablet) to do some research around his afternoon lecture. Not only does the video predict the widespread use of tablets but it also demonstrates video calling and voice controlled assistants like Apple’s Siri which coincidently was released in 2011, the year the video is set!

Have you ever made any predictions that have come true? Do you have any ideas for products that you know will be essential to us in the future? Well now you don’t have to wait for someone else to make your idea a reality. Use Shareagift to help groupfund any idea or product that you want to get off the ground. With Shareagift you can collect money online for anything and everything, whether it be funding a new idea, buying a group gift or putting on an event.

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Technology: The Explosion of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is considered to be “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large group of people, typically via the Internet”. Here, we will explore the explosion of crowdfunding and how it is changing the way that we do business in the technology age.

The explosion of crowdfunding is staggering. It has become a global phenomenon that raised $6.1 billion in contributions in 2013, expanded by 165 percent in 2014 to $16.2 billion and 2015 is forecast to be another bumper year with anticpiated volumes of $34.4 billion.

The strong growth in 2014 was due in part to the rise of Asia as a major crowdfunding region. Asian crowdfunding volumes grew by 320 percent, to $3.4 billion raised. That puts the region slightly ahead of Europe ($3.26 billion) as the second-biggest region by crowdfunding volume. North America continued to lead the world in crowdfunding volumes, growing by 145 percent and raising a total of $9.46 billion.Word Cloud

Yet, crowdfunding isn’t solely a product of the Internet age. It stems from microfinance, which is a process that involves lending funds to low-income individuals who are often unable to take advantage of the financial mechanisms of the wealthy. Delving into the misty depths of history brings up many examples of microfinance. For example, in the eighteenth century, Jonathon Swift created the Irish Loan Fund and lent money to considerable numbers of poor families in rural Ireland.

Back to the future…the four main forms of crowdfunding that are and will revolutionise investing are:

Donation-based crowdfunding – For example…Shareagift! This strand involves contributing to something you desire or a cause you believe in, be that a wedding gift for a friend, a charity fundraising project or a group vacation.

Reward-based crowdfunding – An example of this would be Kickstarter who fund creative projects. Here, contributors are rewarded for funding business projects with diverse gifts, such as tickets to a party or having their name included on an album sleeve.

Equity-based crowdfunding – Investors in a start-up receive shares in the business in return for their funds.

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Lending-based crowdfunding – Also known as peer-to-peer lending, this process enables investors to receive interest at a later date from the business they invest in. Investors spread their risk by investing small amounts in a range of companies.

But why has crowdfunding grown monumentally? Well, the principal cause is technology. The Internet has made it possible to transfer funds to disparate individuals easily and social networking has granted crowdfunding a powerful virality. Nonetheless, the explosion of crowdfunding has also come at a time when there is widespread hostility towards the traditional financial mechanisms because the 2008 Financial Crash condemned corporate banks in the eyes of a significant proportion of the world’s population. Crowdfunding has, thus, materialised as a true alternative because it offers personable interactions, grassroots support and an incomparable network of willing investors who can enable businesses and campaigners to access funds that they may have been denied by traditional financial institutions. Now crowdfunding is here to stay and investors can ill-afford to ignore it!

Try it for yourself. Group fund any gift, cause or experience with Shareagift at www.shareagift.com

Highlights from Launch Festival 2013

Last week the Shareagift Team had the priviledge to attent Launch Festival 2013 and hear from some of the brightest minds in technology.

For those who haven’t come across it, Launch Festival is an annual event organised by Jason Calacanis that chooses a selection of the worlds most interesting startups to present to a series of judges, competing for investment and other prizes. Some of the most exciting tech startups of recent years made a name for themselves at Launch – including Airbnb, Yammer, Dropbox to name but a few.

For us it was also an opportunity to hear from some extraordinary panelists and keynotes – from pioneering entrepreneurs like David Sacks and Evan Williams, to some of the world’s top angel investors and leading VCs including True Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Google Ventures. Some of their insights were fascinating, so we wanted to pick a few of our highlights to share with you:

On startups: “Poker is like the cycle of a startup condensed into 2 minutes” – Chamath Palihapitiya ex-Facebook Director for Growth, Founder The Social+Capital Partnership

On ideas: “Startup ideas can’t just be good they have to be visionary, they have to be radical” – Tony Conrad, Founding member of True Ventures, founder of about.me and Sphere

On startup funding: “Publishers wouldn’t give u advance on yr first novel, startup funding’s the same so sit down and write the book”Naval Ravikant, Founder & CEO of AngelList

On fundraising: “Don’t worry about series A / B crunch, build a great, interesting company & they’ll always be capital available”David Cohen, Founder & CEO of TechStars

All in all it was a fantastic event – thank you Jason and all your team involved in organising it. We met some amazing people, heard inspiring discussion and caught a glimpse of those destined to be the stars of the future.

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