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2013 in Review: the Eight Biggest Stories in Exponential Tech

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Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2013 10:44 PM by AlexMuller

If you have a favorite topic we missed, forgive but don’t forget; tell us in the comments!

 

Google Robotics

 
In December, Google announced they’d acquired seven robotics companies over six months. Then they announced an electrifying eighth purchase, Boston Dynamics and their menagerie of mind-blowing bots. 

 

Bitcoin Mania
 
The virtual currency, Bitcoin, had a hyperactive year. In short: bubbles, busts, hackers, heists, speculators, regulators, pirates, and IPOs.
 
A Computer for Your Face
 
For $1,500, tech geeks rocked Google’s touch- and voice-operated augmented reality Glass device, even as skeptics warned Glass would mark the end of privacy. Oculus took their Rift virtual reality headset from duct-taped ski goggles to $75 million in venture funding.
 
Driverless Cars
 
Self-driving headlines were previously dominated by Google, but 2013 brought the idea mainstream as heavy hitters including BMW, Nissan, Toyota, and Ford promised the tech from 2020 to 2025. 
 
Technological Unemployment
 
Some economists suggested stubbornly elevated unemployment isn’t cyclical, it’s structural. The culprit? Advanced robots and automation are taking jobs from humans, and it’s only going to get worse.
 
Uncle Sam Wants Your Data
 
According to secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden some of the biggest names in tech had enabled the NSA to snoop on, well, just about everyone. 
 
Drone Delivery
 
Drones for good? What a novel idea. Amazon grabbed headlines by promising door-to-door fulfillment of orders by drone. 
 
Buy Your Next 3D Printer…at Staples?
 
Staples announced it would offer the $1,300 3D Systems Cube desktop 3D printer, while other firms introduced cheap (or free) 3D scanners. 

Tags: 2013virtual reality3D printingdronesdriverless carsBitcoinGoogleNSA

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-01
+1
Great to see it all summed up! I agree with most but technology unemployment is perhaps a bit premature to be so prominent, lets see 2014 Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-01
+1
I am very excited about Google robots. They now have several prominent companies and can do new things, even getting robots to be safe and affordable Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-01
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I think that affordable 3D printing will start to enter workplace and home- I just hope it will be improved and the printed objects start to looking better Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-01
+1
It is time for self-driving cars to get even more attention. Now when so many companies are trying, this should be on our streets more and more, at list as extensive field test, in 2014. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-07
+0
I think you hit a buyslele there fellas! Reply


 

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