Originally Posted by WBC
I don't know that I would use the word "bold". Some other words come to mind...
Let's see - 30 years ago was 1980. What were people thinking then? Did they foresee:
- the end of cold war?
- personal computers?
- peak oil?
- cell phones?
- working from home?
- stockmarket ride
- Vancouver real estate being the most expensive in NA?
- Hong Kong handover?
- Rise of China?
Then again you need to have some sort of general strategy I suppose.
The internet already existed, and anyone with any technological sense by 1980 would have had a hunch about possible future expansions.
Personal computers by 1980 were easily predictable, and I believe a few very weak, large prototypes were already built by then (my family got its first personal computer only 6 years after that)
I am sure cell phones again were on the radar for those working in the tech / communication sector, since pagers already existed.
Peak oil was also on the radar, and the stock market ride? Anyone with half a brain in their head knows that the stock market is going to follow an up and down cycle as it aways has.
So yeah, some things are predictable if you have a little base knowledge.