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2014: What's coming - and what's going!

2014: What's coming - and what's going!

Technological change: It's not pretty. Our recent past is littered with millions of abandoned PCs and other gadgets. And when it comes to tech, the pace of change is increasing, not decreasing. That's my number-one tech prediction of 2014. Do you think things are dizzy now? Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy year.

I see changes looming - and also a few products that, a year from now, we're going to be looking at in our rearview mirrors. Here's what I think is coming and going in 2014.

Coming:
Drones, drones and more drones

Drones are here already, of course. We saw that Amazon is testing drone delivery - and there's a company in Sydney, Australia, that has already put action to words. New in 2014 will be more and growing real-world uses. There are far too many companies working on the technology; even some states, now, are vying to be drone-development pioneers. The potential problems are obvious, from the inevitable privacy invasions from tiny camera drones to possible accidents and crashes. Click here to see how Amazon's drone delivery system might work.

3-D printers
This year, we'll see more and more regular folks buying and using a fascinating product just a few businesses now use. Poke around online and you'll see downloadable plans for toys, novelties (like the clever promotional ploy of a key from the latest "Hobbit" movie), educational materials, tools and common household items. As the price of printers and materials come down, these products will become common. This will in turn turbo-charge an already dizzying new market of ever-more-wondrous plans and blueprints for things we never knew we needed. The implications for our economy are profound. On the science front, watch out for breaking news on organ printing, the frontier of a brave new world indeed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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