That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:
The onset of a new year brings plenty of predictions, and so I will hazard one: Many of the biggest events of 2018 will be bound together by a common theme, namely the collision of the virtual internet with the real “flesh and blood” world. This integration is likely to steer our daily lives, our economy, and maybe even politics to an unprecedented degree.
For instance, the coming year will see a major expansion of the “internet of things”…
But whatever your prediction for the future, this integration of real and virtual worlds will either make or break bitcoin and other crypto-assets.
So far the process-oriented and Twitter-oriented foreign policies have coexisted, however uneasily. I see 2018 as the year where these two foreign policies converge in some manner. Either Trump’s tweets end up driving actual foreign policy and its concrete, “boots on the ground” realization, or the real-world policy prevails and the tweets become far less relevant.
There is much more at the link, including a discussion of cyberwar, China and facial surveillance technologies, and the French attempt to ban smartphones at schools.