A new year means a time for lists and predictions for the future, so here are my technology predictions for 2014:
Wearable technology – there will be more smartwatches and fitness bands. They’ll connect to your smartphone to tell you just how little exercise you’ve been doing recently. Some of them might even be stylish.
Smart electricity meters – apparently these are due to roll out across the UK in the next few years to help address climate change, if anyone can decide what constitutes a smart meter. Frankly, anything would be better than the current system which overcharged us a whopping £650 just after Christmas.
Internet of things – companies will spring up and want to connect everything in your house to the internet, but they’ll struggle to think of anything useful to do once connected.
AI inspired by the way the brain works – a surefire way to generate column inches is to base your artificial intelligence algorithms on the human brain, whether they work better or not. So expect to see more hype about how we’re this close to truly intelligent machines.
The decline of big data – it’s been a buzzword for a couple of years now, and towards the end of the year it’ll be replaced by a new trend as people realise that they don’t actually have big data, and they don’t really know what to do with the data they already have.
3D printing – by the end of the year, 3D printing will be the next big manufacturing technology for 2015, enabling you to design and print any object you like from the comfort of your own home.
Happy new year everyone!