Dec. 24, 2013 8:15 am

By 2045, 45 percent of U.S. jobs will be done by computers

Amazon drones. Shelter in place, you n00bs.

Technology is coming to wipe out the world’s middlemen: according to two researchers at the University of Oxford, by 2045 at least 45 percent of the jobs within the U.S. will be done by computers — or Amazon drones, which just may become sentient beings and destroy us all.

That was just one of the bigger head-turning predictions for the future made in 2013, collected together by Fells Point resident and deputy editor of The Futurist magazine, Patrick Tucker. (He was a panel member during a summer Refresh Baltimore event on the future of the news industry.)

The full list of predictions about the future made in 2013 can be found on The Futurist‘s website, but 10 of Tucker’s favorites are collected in this article.