The Right Stuff: What to expect in high-tech this year

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Each January I join other pundits in predicting the future of technology for the coming year. My track record is mixed, but it’s always fun to do.

This year, I thought I’d describe three developments that have varying chances of becoming reality. One that I think will happen (drone delivery), one that might happen (a renewed space program), and one that should happen (society takes more interest in technology).

Drone delivery: On December 7, 2016, Amazon.com made it’s first commercial drone delivery. A drone delivered a small package to a rural home near Cambridge, England. It took just 13 minutes from order placement to drone fulfillment. A modest first step, to be sure, but it did mark an important milestone in Amazon.com’s goal to begin using drone fleets for widespread product transportation. Amazon Prime Air is no longer fiction; it is real.