Here’s a list of some of the things I’d like to see tech-wise this year:
1. A tool that deletes profiles from all those Web 2.0 services that I’ve checked out but rarely, if ever, used over the past few years.
2. An upgrade to the iPhone’s OS that enables easy switching from app to app like the Palm Pre.
3. A new search engine that comes out of nowhere to rival Google, and doesn’t under-deliver such as Cull or Powerset.
4. New Canadian copyright laws that strike a fair balance between owners and users.
5. A lot less talk (aka hype) about Twitter, and a lot more walk (e.g. a business plan)
6. New sources of early-stage funding for Canadian high-tech entrepreneurs.
7. Some real discussion and exploration about the rise of “publicy” and the demise of “privacy”. While everyone seems to have accepted the fact that everything is now public, no one seems to really be looking at the social implications.
8. The continued emergence of alternative/green energy given Jeff Rubin’s book “Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization” has me completely spooked.
9. The end of “2.0′ or “3.0” for anything.
10. Newspapers and magazines discover a way to stay viable so they can continue to create high-quality content and employ all the journalists who provide material used by millions of bloggers and social network users. Maybe the Kindle will be the newspaper industry’s salvation.
Finally, all the best for everyone in 2010!
Update: Here’s Om Malik’s wish list for 2010.