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Technology isn’t an industry that stands still. Instead, each year brings new innovations, new gadgets, and new inventions. Existing tech companies and products also change and evolve, though not always for the better.

For us geeks The Evolution of the Geek The Evolution of the Geek As you can probably tell, we're big on geeks here. If you're not sure if you are a geek, well, there's an easy way to find out. Passed the test? Here's another one to gauge... Read More , the end of the year is a time to look forward rather than back; to imagine what the tech world will look like in 12 months time. Which is our challenge to you, dear reader, in this edition of We Ask You.

In 2014, I Predict…

We want to know, What Are Your Predictions For Technology In 2014? Just tell us at least one thing you think will happen in the world of technology during 2014. You can be serious or snarky, positive or negative, detailed or vague, as long as you take to the comments section below and pass your thoughts onto the wider MakeUseOf community.

Do you think Bitcoin will change the world? Do you foresee everybody wearing Google Glass 10 Of The Best Google Glass Videos Shot So Far 10 Of The Best Google Glass Videos Shot So Far Google Glass may or may not change the world. It's really too early to tell. However, Google Glass is certainly an innovative new product with the capacity to change our idea of mobile devices. It's... Read More in public? Will Google/Microsoft/Apple/Facebook (delete as appropriate) succeed or fail? Will one product be vastly improved by a sudden and unexpected game-changer? If so, which? And how?

Will a brand new product launch to change the face of the industry? Will 4K televisions Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? About a decade ago, manufacturers started to sell what's now widely known as an HDTV. But now HD is old news, so the industry has decided to push another new technology; Ultra HD, also known... Read More come of age? Will 3D printers What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work? What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work? Imagine if you could print out three-dimensional objects straight from a printer in your home. When I was a kid in primary school, I thought it would be awesome if I could print pizzas out... Read More take off in a big way? Will company A acquire company B? Which out of the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More and Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More will sell more units? Will the new iPhone have a curved screen and be covered in diamonds?!

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These are just a few examples of what you may be thinking will happen in 2014, but the possibilities are endless. Don your thinking cap, adopt a Nostradamus pose, and get typing away for a chance to win a T-shirt… and take part in what will hopefully be both an entertaining and enlightening debate.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win ‘Comment Of The Week’, receiving a geeky T-shirt chosen for their effort. We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Will roche
    January 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm
  2. Daniel Gully
    January 1, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Google+ will be closed!

  3. Tanya M
    December 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I predict that they will learn to use the 3-d printer in the medical field someways to build devices and cut down on costs for the consumers that need, say a prosthetic and they can scan with an MRI or CAT scan prior to arranch a perfect fit for whatever item may be needed. I know some high school kids donated some fingers to a little girl that she needed because she outgrew her previous prosthetic and her insurance wouldnt cover it. They did this for a cost under 300 dollars I believe...I might be wrong on the price but it was a much more reasonable price than what would normally be used. My prediction is that though theirs was rough...it works and its great...but my prediction is that the 3-d printer will be researched and figured out how to make more complicated and smoother operating prosthetics for cheaper prices...and the medical community may learn to use the device in other ways. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT THE IMAGINATION CAN CREATE ONCE ONE OPENS THE DOOR TO POSSIBILITIES.

  4. Anonymous
    December 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Biometrics are poised for rollout in 2014 with buzz words like "authenticate" being all the rage. Plus "wearables" will be hip. Soo

  5. Paul
    December 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

    In 2014 the first commercial payload to be trucked on a public road by an autonomous vehicle will happen somewhere in the world.

  6. Bob
    December 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Maybe the day will arrive when technology and the human brain will be able to communicate more. For example a headache may be treated by calling the pharmacy and requesting a pain killer to be downloaded to a head receiver. Or obesity may be treated in a similar manner. At any rate the future holds many surprises both good and bad with respect to technology.

  7. dragonmouth
    December 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Predicting future technology is a fool's errand. Predictions will fall short in some areas and in others be overly optimistic and totally wrong in a few. Serendipity has a habit of blindsiding everyone.

  8. Ed
    December 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    - 2014 will be the "Year of Linux" - finally /s :)
    - The new MS CEO will NOT be the guy from Ford.
    - Apple will finally introduce a 4k TV with gesture AND voice control.
    - Aereo TV will continue to stream antenna-based TV signals while the case lingers on in court.
    - Blackberry will be sold off in pieces.
    - Chromebooks will have 40% of the under $300 laptop market.
    - Time Warner cable WILL be bought by Charter Communications.
    - AMD will return to profitability as Xbox One and PS 4 continue to sell.
    - Virgin Galactic will successfully launch a commercially manned sub-orbital flight.
    - Time travel is still NOT possible.
    - Hover cars will NOT be on the roads.
    - Jetson-style flying cars still are NOT here.
    - My vacations still do NOT happen on the moon.
    - My best friend is still NOT a robot.
    - Hologram phones are still NOT here.
    - Aliens have NOT befriended us yet.
    - Computers will still NOT be capable of meaningful conversation.
    - The future I was promised as a kid is still NOWHERE in sight.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  9. MerryChristmasWorld
    December 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    A drawback due to new technology getting a lil pricey , huge advancement late fall 2014 to 2015. JUst a hunch :P Who knows..ppl are always changin:D

  10. Xoandre
    December 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    You asked for it, so here I go:

    Microsoft: The new CEO will refocus the company on its core customer: the PC user and the Business employee. They will release Windows 9D and Windows 9T. "D" for Desktop and "T" for Touch. The Desktop version being a true upgrade for Windows 95 - Windows 7 users, at an affordable price point. Perhaps they could consider offering a huge discount to businesses that still use Win95 (because there still are countless small businesses using that very aged OS). After the fair-to-middling sales of the Xbox One, they will release an update to the OS that will change the fundamental way the console works.

    Apple: Will try to release iPhone 6X with mediocre success, compared to previous releases.

    SONY: Will revel in its successes over Microsoft with its new console. Will continue to mark its prices higher because of the company logo sticker being attached to those 99 cent headphones, which are suddenly $99. Sony will create its own broadcast network for television and try to compete with the likes of Comcast and AT&T (remember, Sony owns Columbia and countless other film studios).

    UNKNOWN COMPANY: There is a company about to release its amazing internet feature/website/product that will change everything we do in our daily lives and how we consume media. This company will resist bids from Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google and others to stand on their own, becoming a giant in the Tech industry.

    GOOGLE: Will finally give up the abandoned wasteland of "+"

    POLITICS: The Republicans will still mislead every citizen into believing that they work for the public good, while taking billions in bribes from wealthy, over-paid executives and Wall Street Tycoons to destroy the economy and the remnants of what they have not yet been successful in decimating. The Democrats will squeeze in a few more seats in teh House, barely overcoming the Republicans to a 50/50 split due to the billions of dollars spent by the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce (which is funded by international conglomerates that want to ruin the USA).

    LABOR: Fast Food workers will finally get their pay increases. McDonald's has already raised its prices and will continue to force feed our children their rubberized, flavorless "McNuggets" - all the while, people will be encouraged to embrace the replacement for the "Dollar Menu" --- the new "$2 Menu"

    WALMART: Will continue to deplete every ounce of United States employment and destroy communities throughout the world. Hope: that somehow a Union bill is passed in Congress to force Walmart to stop their anti-labor policies. Remember; every "Rollback" is 1000 Americans being fired, so that Walmart can make a buck off the backs of slave labor overseas.

    GENERAL: A study will be released on the decrease in overall population growth, as more Americans have their noses glued to their "Smart" phones and have little time to look away from the glowing screen, much less any time to form relationships or settle down with someone and start a family.

    • dragonmouth
      December 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

      POLITICS: Republicrats and Demoblicans will feed at the public trough at an unprecedented rate, totally disregarding their constituents. All votes in Congress will be strictly along party lines. "Bi-partisanship" will become a fond memory and will only be found in dictionaries.

      LABOR: Fast Food workers will finally get their pay increases. As a result prices of everything will rise so that companies can maitain their profits, leaving the Fast Food workers and other minimum wage workers no better off than they were before the pay increases. Fast Food workers strike, demanding more pay increases, leading to more rising prices, leading to more strikes.....ad nauseam. By 2040 minimum wage has reached $100/hr, gallon of milk is $75, a Happy Meal is $90, rent for a cardboard box big enough for a family of four is $600/month.

  11. Srinivas G
    December 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

    First and the foremost, we'll see high resolution (QHD) displays, bendable displays or a combination of both! Companies like Samsung have been working on putting displays on more than just one side of the phone. 64 bit processors, amphibious gadgets (gadgets doubling/tripling up as phones, tablets and even PCs) will become mainstream. Augmented reality aside, we'll see mesmerizing technologies riding on the back of big data - location and time (and other data) based suggestions like movies, restaurants nearby, location of a particular product in a retail store, live and fully automated traffic updates, to name a few. 2014 will mainly see technologies being sharpened up with big data and the plethora of remote sensing equipment available on mordern gadgets. And yes, Skynet will move a step towards complete sapience! ;)

  12. SciNews.ro
    December 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I predict
    US approval for bitcoin, BTC stable at about 800 - 900 $;
    iPhone 6 with slightly bigger screen, maybe frameless 4.5 inch;
    increased interest in 3D printer technology, but nothing revolutionary;
    Windows Phone continues to grow at Android's expense.

  13. Saad
    December 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

    There will be a new generation of geeks, Google will introduce robot androids, The power of Tablets and Phones will be increased. People will find a new way of creating technology using Recycled objects! There will be tree-enhancement devices that will make every Tree a source of Energy. I am expecting a lot of useful devices in the upcoming year. May 2014 bring us both peace and tech :)

  14. Jurmy C
    December 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    ""2014 will be another "Big Bang' for tech. More and more "geeks" come out from the shadow and one of the will try to unite very geek in the world and start their business creating more sophisticated apps based on their needs and on what people's needs.""
    Anyway, tech is evolving so fast; new discovers are made everyday, to bad there is no time to study, try and learn everything.
    Geeks!!!! Lets unite and make our own 2014 tech year! ;)
    Respect!

  15. Balamurugan.R
    December 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I predict the 2014 as a very good TECH year ahead, not just for the fact that all described above. But we also need to realize that hope and technical scope for small innovative applications(in all platforms) have been increased in a commendable way. I still agree that Microsoft is going to be leader in providing the OS and base systems. Instead the open platform given by Google will take away the tech market in full-speed. Mainly, people are trying out simple applications more than paid and tedious bigger applications. I also agree that desktop PC’s aren't going anywhere and have a potential value in tomorrow's world. Finally, I expect a load of exciting,fun and useful techs in the upcoming year.

  16. Lukas
    December 19, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Tizen will come out, and ensure a slow but sure disruption of Android. Smart Watches will be released, but the public will collectively not care. iPhone 6, but who really cares because iPhone has been losing market share anyway (hopefully they have NFC this time around, but that's a personal opinion). Windows tablets will become more commonplace, and the Windows Store will increase at exponential rates, even if adoption might be slow. Steam Machines will be a neat idea, but only a total of three people will ever buy one because they represent such a small niche market. Last, we'll see competition for your television to become 'smart' heat up considerably. Whether that means a console, a micro console, a Roku, Apple TV, a Chromecast, or something else, remains to be seen.

  17. M. Scott Adams
    December 19, 2013 at 3:34 am

    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.

  18. Db
    December 19, 2013 at 3:23 am

    In 2014 I predict....software will continue its march. Customized software solutions will become more & more ingrained in everything we do. Microsoft will remain dominant but outside operating systems will start to make noticeable impacts on Microsofts bread & butter.

  19. Dominic C
    December 19, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I predict that more projects like the shield would surface, using a mobile device like your phone or tablet to control your desktop remotely. Uses can include gaming. This would be a really good tool especially if you want to do video editing on the move as desktop are powerful enough to get the job done faster. I know this already exist for example I'm using Google Chrome to remote, but the latency is still really high on doing task like this.

  20. Keith
    December 19, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Everyone will realize desktop pc's aren't going anywhere. Face it notebooks, netbooks, tablets and smartphone can't compete with the power, performance or ability to have the amount of components a desktop pc can hold. The other's need everything daisy-chained together on the outside and still aren't as powerful. Microsoft will improve Xbox One and also realize pc gaming isn't going away. The consoles also can't really compete with a true pc. They're parts are low end. Microsoft will hopefully bring in a new C.E.O. that has a clue on what the custpmer's want and demand. If not, it might as well go out of business or just sell Xbox's and forgoet pc's, software, etc..

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