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UA experts release their 'educated guesses' about 2014

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UA experts predict there will be a further blend of technology with the real world, through things like apps, gaming systems and vehicle technology. Source: WBRC video UA experts predict there will be a further blend of technology with the real world, through things like apps, gaming systems and vehicle technology. Source: WBRC video
One expert predicts that 3D printers will continue to move out of industrial and lab settings, and closer to consumers. Source: WBRC video One expert predicts that 3D printers will continue to move out of industrial and lab settings, and closer to consumers. Source: WBRC video
Another prediction for 2014 says there will be more healthy food options available based on the Paleo diet. Source: WBRC video Another prediction for 2014 says there will be more healthy food options available based on the Paleo diet. Source: WBRC video
An expert predicts that more advertising will be directed at individuals based on information gathered from things like a Facebook profile. Source: WBRC video An expert predicts that more advertising will be directed at individuals based on information gathered from things like a Facebook profile. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Each year, experts from The University of Alabama release a list of "educated guesses" for the new year. The predictions touch on many different aspects of life, but many of the 2014 predictions are associated with technology.

One expert says social media will continue to grow, and the new trend in social media will be augmented reality. Augmented reality focuses on further blending technology with the real world, through things like apps, gaming systems and even vehicle technology.

Another prediction says 3D printers, which allow you to make a model of just about anything, will continue moving out of just the industrial and lab settings, and closer to consumers. One expert says stores could be offering 3D printing services this year.

As for your cell phone, one prediction says people will be more interested in protecting their information through passwords and encryption software, due to concerns about domestic spying and hackers. Speaking of personal information, one expert says to expect more advertising directed right at you, based on information gathered through things like your Facebook profile.

2014 won't be about just technology. Experts say to expect more movie and TV shoots in the Southeast, federal legislation aimed at protecting children from sports concussions, and more healthy food options based on the Paleo diet.

You can read the full list of "Educated Guesses 2014" on the University of Alabama website here: http://uanews.ua.edu/2013/12/educated-guesses-2014.

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