eWEEKchat Dec. 14: Predictions, Sure Things, Wild Guesses for IT in 2017

This is one of the most fun and interesting eWEEKchats of the year, offering an opportunity to predict the IT future for 2017.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be "Predictions, Sure Things and Wild Guesses for IT in 2017." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Predictions, Sure Things and Wild Guesses for IT in 2017"

Date/time: Dec. 14, 2016 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWEEKNews

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

Tweetchat handle: Use #eWEEKChat to follow/participate or use the widget below

Chatroom real-time links: We have two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat. Both work very well.

"Predictions, Sure Things and Wild Guesses for IT in 2017"

Everybody enjoys hearing about what's likely to happen in the future—not that anybody really knows exactly what's going to take place, that is. Guesses—educated and wild alike—can spark interesting discussions. But it's fun and entertaining to discuss the great things that are likely to happen, especially in the world of IT, where there's never a dull news moment.

We may look back on some of the eWEEKchat topics we discussed in 2016, which was a year marked by an incredible use of Twitter as a communication instrument inside a U.S. Presidential election--for better or worse. We saw nation-state hacking of political party email accounts, the rise of citizen development and the rise of cheap foreign phones in the smartphone business.

We also saw the usual high number of major security breakdowns, net neutrality debates, more new iPhones and the continued development of big data analytics, business intelligence, cognitive computing and robotics.

With this in mind, eWEEK is ending its fourth year of eWEEKchats (this one will be No. 50; we've had two special off-the-grid eWEEKchats during the last four years) with a look ahead to 2017 and the new and different things we may expect to encounter. We will have a several special guests online with us to offer their takes on all of this.

Everybody is invited: Users, non-users, analysts, vendors, other journalists, seers, non-seers--everybody.

Here comes a prediction right now: We will pose questions such as:

  • What new devices, software and services might we expect to see in 2017?
  • Will we ever be able to get a handle on keeping data secure? Will we ever be able to screen out the bad human elements?
  • How will stringent new EU geographic security requirements impact data security globally?
  • Are wearable computing devices dying? Business Insider is one publication that thinks so.
  • Could the fast development of cognitive computing turn into a serious problem?
  • Can we expect any type of improvement in online personal data privacy in 2017?

Plan to join us for what promises to be a fun and illuminating hour on Dec. 14. Get your predictions ready and lay them out for us!