What does 2014 hold? According to Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, it means smartphones everywhere - and also the possibility of genetics data being used to develop new cures for cancer.
Schmidt says there's a big change - a disruption - coming for business through the arrival of "big data": "The biggest disruptor that we're sure about is the arrival of big data and machine intelligence everywhere - so the ability [for businesses] to find people, to talk specifically to them, to judge them, to rank what they're doing, to decide what to do with your products, changes every business globally."
But he also sees potential in the field of genomics - the parsing of all the data being collected from DNA and gene sequencing. That might not be surprising, given that Google is an investor in 23andme, a gene sequencing company which aims to collect the genomes of a million people so that it can do data-matching analysis on their DNA.
(Unfortunately, that plan has hit a snag: 23andme has been told to cease operating by the US Food and Drug Administration because it has failed to respond to inquiries about its testing methods and publication of results.)
Here's what Schmidt has to say on genomics: "The biggest disruption that we don't really know what's going to happen is probably in the genetics area. The ability to have personal genetics records and the ability to start gathering all of the gene sequencing into places will yield discoveries in cancer treatment and diagnostics over the next year that that are unfathomably important."
It may be worth mentioning that "we'll find cures through genomics" has been the promise held up by scientists every year since the human genome was first sequenced.
So far, it hasn't happened - as much as anything because human gene variation is remarkably big, and there's still a lot that isn't known about the interaction of what appears to be non-functional parts of our DNA (which doesn't seem to code to produce proteins) and the parts that do code for proteins.