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Coming in 2018: Plugged-In Grandmas - Page 2

And 9 other predictions, in AI, health care, the economy, and more
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2017 11:51 AM CST

  • You may have longer waits at the ER. Now that the GOP tax bill has been passed and ObamaCare's individual mandate has been eliminated, people who don't have insurance will increasingly avoid medical care and may end up in hospitals instead.
  • Grandma and Grandpa will become more plugged in. The older generations will immerse themselves more deeply in tech that allows them to enjoy safer living environments and stay independent.
  • Cars may be the cheapest they've been in years. This may happen across both the used and new car lots, making it "an auto buyer's market."
  • Polio may finally vanish. There were only 17 cases worldwide this year, and next year could bring zero—making it almost four decades since the last (and only) disease to be eradicated: smallpox.
  • Everyone will retreat further into their corners. People are afraid to share controversial opinions, Y Combinator's president says—meaning we won't be having open conversations and learning about others' perspectives.
Check out LinkedIn's entire list for a whole lot more prognostication. (Read more New Year stories.)

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