Technology is always evolving, always improving, always changing to suit the needs of the world and its inhabitants. Just 20 years ago the Internet was fledgling technology, and it was only five years ago that smartphones were beginning their long ascent to (near-) ubiquity.
As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 opens with expensive fireworks displays in major cities around the world, we here at MakeUseOf are looking to the future. We recently asked you to stare into your crystal balls and mystically gaze into the swirling clouds until a vision of the future became clear.
Your Best Predictions
We asked you, What Are Your Predictions For Technology In 2014? We had a good number of responses, and those people who did take the time out over the holidays to respond offered some very intelligent and well-considered predictions for the year ahead.
The video embedded below shows some technology futurologists believe will be in use in a decade’s time, but your predictions for the next 12 months are equally as interesting.
For the full rundown of technology predictions for 2014 you should read the comments made on the previous article, but below are 10 of our favorites (paraphrased for easy reading).
- Desktops PCs will make a comeback.
- Virtual reality will come of age.
- Smartwatches will start to sell well.
- Windows tablets will grow in popularity.
- Tizen will disrupt Android.
- The price of Bitcoin will stabilize.
- Microsoft will release Windows 9.
- Chromebooks will continue to grow in popularity.
- Advances will be made in autonomous vehicles.
- The geeks of the world will unite!
These are all real predictions made by MakeUseOf readers, and it will be interesting to look back in 12 months time to see which came to pass and which were proven to be wildly inaccurate.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Xoandre, Lukas, and Ed. Comment Of The Week goes to M. Scott Adams, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
The obvious: more gesture-based recognition. We’ll see the debut of Elliptic Labs’ MYO controller, for one, and start seeing things like Thalmic Labs’ ultrasound controller making appearances in tablets, laptops, & smartphones. By the end of 2014, we won’t be able to imagine being without gesture recognition, though we’re just barely cognizant of it right now. Apple’s recent acquisition of PrimeSense might produce some incredibly interesting fruit, as our iPhones and iPads will now have depth perception; if the software in 2014 catches up with the hardware, our augmented realities will really start to be compelling. We’ll see the commercial release of the Oculus Rift, and catch hints of Microsoft, Google, & Apple diving into the VR game, once they see the massive success thereby generated. Google Glass will have a widespread release just before 2015. Smart watches will finally figure out why they should exist, and will be relatively common by the end of 2014. Phonecalls directed to computers will become marginally less tedious, as gains in AI continue, inspired by Watson’s success in the arena. Tesla will continue its rise in both the markets and on the streets, and Teslas will become a more common sight. (We’ll near the release of the affordable Tesla, but won’t get there by the end of 2014). We’ll read more and more about private companies expanding into space. Increased emphasis on solar power. Google will make some more acquisitions and investments as interesting as Calico and Boston Dynamics. Expect to read a lot more about self-driving cars, but not to see them by 2015. Mars One will either dissolve completely or gain widespread credibility, but an increased push for the colonization of Mars will be felt regardless. The sentiment will be expressed that we’re entering into a bold new age of courageous business ventures, as less conservative but hugely lucrative enterprises like SpaceX and Planetary Resources show gains, make advances, generate massive public interest, and pave the way for others.
We chose this comment because it’s long, detailed, interesting, and covers many different facets of technology. The chances are that not all of these predictions will come true, unless the commenter is some kind of time traveller from the future and knows exactly what the future holds. But that cannot possibly be the case. Can it?!
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