Which companies will still exist and which will be extinct 50 years from now?

Haggis

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Something to consider with Uber is what happens when they have to completely rejig their business model 20 years from now, when it's all about ordering a driverless car to take you down to the pub for a price that doesn't include paying for a human's time behind the wheel.

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Does anyone use yahoo anymore? How are they still making money???? That's what I want to know!
they own TUMBLR which is pretty popular. a lot of people still use their email and their fantasy sports is pretty popular. not sure if all of that is enough to keep them afloat though
 
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Whatever happens there will still be companies selling diets for fat birds and protein fart dust for pencil necks. :yep
I wouldn't be so sure about the protein. Obviously there will always be a supplement market but those things can be pretty trendy. It used to be all about low fat. then low carb, now people are looking at high fat. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point people realize they don't need as much protein as these supplement companies tell them they do and some other trend takes over.
 
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Walmart, McDonalds, Coke, a lot of these big companies will probably still exist.

Other than the diesel incident, Volkswagen has some amazing cars. I absolutely adore my Jetta. It's easily the best car I've ever owned. Not sure they'll die out in 50 years. They've been around since Hitler, I've heard.
 
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Uber are already getting into lots of trouble with numerous court cases. They lost their license in my town already for violating conditions of their license. That and with what Haggis was saying about having driverless cars means Uber and all taxi firms could go out of business. Imagine sitting in the pub then realising you need to go home soonish you open an app on your phone and your car at home switches itself on and drives itself to the pub and picks you up and drives you home.

Numerous department stores will go out of business I'm sure. House of Fraser almost went bust recently. M&S have survived so far due to the food side of their business doing well but even that is now struggling. Debenham's is restructuring so clearly on it's last legs too. Amazon and other online stores have killed the department store business model and I can't seeing it recovering.

Argos has survived so far because Sainsbury's bought them out but latest results show Argos has hit Sainsbury's profits.

I'm sure we'll see some airlines die, it's a very risky business with small margins. Flybe and Ryan air announced profit warnings this year.

Facebook despite being huge has been in so much trouble of late. The younger generation are using snap chat and Instagram face book is basically for middle aged people. Wouldn't shock me if they went under at some point unless they change they image and business or they could just buy up their competitors.

Yahoo will definitely be dead in 50 years, not sure how it's still even going now. Who on earth uses Yahoo?
 
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Numerous department stores will go out of business I'm sure. House of Fraser almost went bust recently. M&S have survived so far due to the food side of their business doing well but even that is now struggling. Debenham's is restructuring so clearly on it's last legs too. Amazon and other online stores have killed the department store business model and I can't seeing it recovering.
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Seeing the same thing in the states. Sears won't make it to the summer and JCPenny is not far behind. Toys R Us and Sports Authority went out last year. These are major names. Sears was one the most valuable company in the world and America's largest employer.
 

Haggis

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Uber are already getting into lots of trouble with numerous court cases. They lost their license in my town already for violating conditions of their license. That and with what Haggis was saying about having driverless cars means Uber and all taxi firms could go out of business. Imagine sitting in the pub then realising you need to go home soonish you open an app on your phone and your car at home switches itself on and drives itself to the pub and picks you up and drives you home.

Numerous department stores will go out of business I'm sure. House of Fraser almost went bust recently. M&S have survived so far due to the food side of their business doing well but even that is now struggling. Debenham's is restructuring so clearly on it's last legs too. Amazon and other online stores have killed the department store business model and I can't seeing it recovering.

Argos has survived so far because Sainsbury's bought them out but latest results show Argos has hit Sainsbury's profits.

I'm sure we'll see some airlines die, it's a very risky business with small margins. Flybe and Ryan air announced profit warnings this year.

Facebook despite being huge has been in so much trouble of late. The younger generation are using snap chat and Instagram face book is basically for middle aged people. Wouldn't shock me if they went under at some point unless they change they image and business or they could just buy up their competitors.

Yahoo will definitely be dead in 50 years, not sure how it's still even going now. Who on earth uses Yahoo?
Facebook bought Instagram years ago, and it's crushing Snapchat. :thumbsup

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I highly doubt in 20 years we will all be driving driverless cars that simply collects us when open an app. I mean one day that may happen but the car technology has hardly come on that much since 1999, heck some cars still don't look that much out of place that are on the road since 1999 when compared to more modern cars.
 
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Facebook will die. Alibaba might burn out.

Phone companies like Cricket and PC Wireless will probably either vanish or be absorbed into a bigger company like T Mobile.

Oil will be interesting. At some point, a cheaper fuel source will take over as oil fields become depleted and its price of oil rises....I have no idea when this will be.

A lot of stuff will still be around. Society is pretty stable now.
 

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It's funny Uber has been mentioned. There's an Uber equivalent in the middle East, based on Dubai I believe that's quite big there that could be a major competitor.

And I believe Volkswagen are planning an autonomous car and hire program.
Think minibuses that self drive you hail with an App. If....that comes to fruition no way can Uber compete with a car manufacturer in that market surely?

It's also interesting because we are close to saturation point with car ownership which could massively decline. If instead of say there being 10 buses there's 300 minibuses instead going to all sorts of places who then needs a car? It would become a luxury rather than necessity. That's what the Volkswagen rep said on the radio last year when the story was doing the rounds. And I don't think he is wrong when you think about it. Who wants to pay 15/20k for a car and maintenance when you can ride hail? Cheaply. And go on the piss and home? Cheaply. And shop. Cheaply. And commute. Cheaply.

Next 20 years will be fascinating. It's Volkswagen do what they say they really might come to dominate.

Wait til Volkswagen find out about buses. Game changer.

I pay more to own a car so I don't have to wait round on buses and share my space with other people an if I decide half way through my journey that I'd rather go somewhere else or to not bother at all then I just turn round.
 

Haggis

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I highly doubt in 20 years we will all be driving driverless cars that simply collects us when open an app. I mean one day that may happen but the car technology has hardly come on that much since 1999, heck some cars still don't look that much out of place that are on the road since 1999 when compared to more modern cars.
Today's cars are light years advanced from 1999 cars.

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Haggis

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In what way do you think? Obviously electronic ones are very different but even then that is not really suited to long distance driving or anything bigger than a car.
Open the hood of a 1999 car, and see what you can do in there yourself with a spanner.

Try the same with a 2018 car.

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Open the hood of a 1999 car, and see what you can do in there yourself with a spanner.

Try the same with a 2018 car.

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I never said there was no differences at all. But people are saying that in 20 years we won't even be driving our own cars anymore.

Do you think we have made advancement in the last 20 years to think that's a probability?
 
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Facebook despite being huge has been in so much trouble of late. The younger generation are using snap chat and Instagram face book is basically for middle aged people. Wouldn't shock me if they went under at some point unless they change they image and business or they could just buy up their competitors.
Facebook own Instagram.
 

Haggis

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I never said there was no differences at all. But people are saying that in 20 years we won't even be driving our own cars anymore.

Do you think we have made advancement in the last 20 years to think that's a probability?
Why not?

My first car had power windows and power steering, and a CD player. And a towbar. :lol:

My current car is vastly cleaner running and more fuel-efficient, and has all sorts of bells and whistles that didn't exist in 1999. From little things like reversing cameras and proximity locks, to far more technological things like the sat nav. I don't need directions any more, because I can punch in the address and the car will tell me how far away I am, whether or not I'm over the speed limit for this road, which turns to make, how many minutes until I get there, etc etc. If I know the street but don't know the house by sight, I can glance at the sat nav and it will tell me in real time what the numbers of the houses/businesses I'm currently driving past are. None of that existed in 1999, no matter how much money you spent. Now it's easily within reach of the average Joe. Fully driverless vehicles exist now. They are a reality. Why wouldn't they be commonplace 20 years from now?

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Why not?

My first car had power windows and power steering, and a CD player. And a towbar. :lol:

My current car is vastly cleaner running and more fuel-efficient, and has all sorts of bells and whistles that didn't exist in 1999. From little things like reversing cameras and proximity locks, to far more technological things like the sat nav. I don't need directions any more, because I can punch in the address and the car will tell me how far away I am, whether or not I'm over the speed limit for this road, which turns to make, how many minutes until I get there, etc etc. If I know the street but don't know the house by sight, I can glance at the sat nav and it will tell me in real time what the numbers of the houses/businesses I'm currently driving past are. None of that existed in 1999, no matter how much money you spent. Now it's easily within reach of the average Joe. Fully driverless vehicles exist now. They are a reality. Why wouldn't they be commonplace 20 years from now?

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Reversing cameras were first introduced in 1956 and became mainstream with the Nissan infinity Q45.

Satnavs have been in cars since it was first out in an American car called guidestar in 1995.

So if it taking 20 years for the technology that was available in the 90s to become so widespread you think they are today's technology again what on earth leads you to believe that technology such as driverless cars will become mainstream in the next 20 years given that there is an awful lot less security and safety measures needed for a parking sensor or satnav than there is for a driverless car picking you up drunk from the pub?