One out-of-this-world example: space tourism.
It's a romantic notion -- the idea that you can take to the stars without years of rigorous training, without working for NASA or another national space agency, and without having to work towards anyone's goals but your own.
In 2014, though, that romantic vision becomes a reality -- albeit only for those that can afford the $250,000 fee charged by Virgin Galactic, the world's first space tourism company.
Indeed, Virgin Galactic, run by Richard Branson, plans on making its first flights in 2014 out of the brand-new Spaceport America in New Mexico. And while passengers won't get to go to the moon, or visit asteroids, they will get outside the Earth's atmosphere.
When flights commence, passengers will be taken into the skies aboard SpaceShip Two, transported first by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnight Two carrier craft.
Click through this gallery to explore more futuristic tech that should be ready for prime time in 2014.
December 20, 2013 4:29 AM PST
Photo by: Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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