After wrapping up 2015 it’s time to look ahead with a few predictions for 2016.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens will become the highest grossing movie of the modern era (so not the inflation-adjusted overall champ). This is still a 2015 leftover really, but the franchise has ascended to new heights and together with Marvel could represent an amazing run of large film franchises over the next decade.
- The Red Sox will win 100 games. The 2015 season may not have been successful but then offense was at the top of MLB — with very little from Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, and Rusney Castillo — and the rotation and bullpen have been rebuilt.
- Google I/O 2016 features a formal announcement of the ChromeOS/Android hybrid plans. What it ends up being as a first step: Chrome extensions for the Android version of the browser.
- I’ll let this next one extend to CED 2017: smart anklets. Like a FitBit for your foot. Free up the wrist and offer an alternative to the “watches and wearables” model we’re in.
- Disney announces a fifth movie in the Indiana Jones franchise with J.J. Abrams at the helm. After doing a alternative history with Star Trek, and a continuation/handoff with Star Wars, this will be a recasting but still exist within the Indiana Jones continuity. Maybe even before Temple of Doom, which was actually a prequel. It won’t, however, be an origin story — Dr. Jones will already be Dr. Jones.
- Neither the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate will choose a running mate from among his or her primary rivals.