Mostly Right! Updates on Our 2014 Predictions

Drones, virtual reality, and electric race cars all made news

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Mostly Right! Updates on Our 2014 Predictions
Illustration: Greg Mably

It’s that time of year when we look back and take stock of  what we’ve accomplished. At IEEE Spectrum that means seeing how well our predictions from last January’s tech forecast turned out. In our humble opinion, we did pretty well. Google and Facebook helped two of our predictions come true by spending big on Oculus Rift and Titan Aerospace. And two others, Formula E racing and 3-D memories, hit (or mostly hit) the milestones we forecast. We hope we can do as well with this year’s predictions.

  1. Titans Vied for Titan

    Google outbid Facebook for Titan Aerospace

    illustration for titans updateIllustration: Greg Mably

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Video Friday: Turkey Sandwich

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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A teleoperated humanoid robot torso stands in a kitchen assembling a turkey sandwich from ingredients on a tray

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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NVIDIA

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BAE Systems

This is a sponsored article brought to you by BAE Systems.

No one sets out to put together half a puzzle. Similarly, researchers and engineers in the defense industry want to see the whole picture – seeing their innovations make it into the hands of warfighters and commercial customers.

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