Not long ago, life was pretty much predictable. The polls didn’t lie about the next president-to-be, you could predict the outcome of elections of all kinds, no matter if they were about something the people had to decide or the people elected to lead the nation in the coming term. From this point of view, last year was special – it was perhaps the most unpredictable of them all. Some might say it was more unpredictable than a slot machine. And this is a big thing. Slot machines at the All Slots Canadian Casino are required by law to be completely unpredictable. The license the All Slots works under makes it mandatory for the venue to keep its games completely fair, which in their case means “probably random”. Predicting the outcome of a slot machine at the All Slots was proven to be impossible by players, psychics, and the authorities tasked to do it, which makes the All Slots a reliable and fair operator. Last year, in turn, has proven to be unpredictable beyond recognition. Let’s take a look back from a distance and see what we expected to happen – and what ultimately did.
Samsung was expected to continue its ascension toward the pinnacle of the global smartphone market in 2016 with its amazingly thin and surprisingly high-performance Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Fate, it seems, had something against the South Korean tech giant. The Note 7, instead of becoming an explosive success, became explosive – literally, as the company’s profits fell by 96% compared to the previous year due to the fiasco. Not to mention the loss of prestige – instead of being the most desirable handset of the year, the Note 7 got banned from the majority of airlines.
Despite the expectations of the majority of British citizens who understood the upsides of being part of the European Union, the majority of voters decided that it was time to turn the page. Thus, to everyone’s surprise, the majority of those present at last June’s referendum voted for the country to leave the European Union for good. The event triggered massive protests and scandals that continue to this day. In the months that passed ever since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, starting the two-year process of the UK waving goodbye to the EU.
Nobody expected Donald Trump to be elected President of the United States. Some say not even Trump himself expected such a result. Yet the electors have spoken – the controversial businessman has occupied the White House this January and started his career as President by making good on his promises: overturning whatever reforms his predecessor pushed through. This year, the Trump administration has already attacked Obamacare and started the procedures to build his controversial wall on the country’s border with Mexico.
2016 was an unpredictable year for sure. What can we expect for 2017?