50 Technologies That Will Change the World

Author: Adi Gaskell
Published: November 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

hot innovationsWe all like to gaze into the future and ponder what life will look like in a few years time.  A quick glance back at some of the science fiction movies from the 60's and 70's suggests however that we're not all that successful (still waiting for my flying car for instance).

A new report by the UK government however sets out to do a better job.  The report, produced by the Foresight department sets out to define the technologies that will shape and drive our economy over the next 20 years.

The report was compiled from interviews with 25 leading figures from the world of academia and commerce, and also workshops involving 150 academics, industrialists and government experts.

So what are the hot technologies?

The report breaks things down into categories, with each one containing a number of hot technologies, with 53 individual technologies named.  The categories are:

  • Biotech and pharmaceuticals
  • Materials and nanotech
  • Digital and networking
  • Energy and low carbon technologies

Minister for Universities and Science, and lead on the report David Willetts said:

“This timely report looks at how we can benefit from the growth opportunities of the next 20 years in manufacturing, health, communications and energy. It calls for more active cooperation between large companies, small and medium enterprises and researchers to plan ambitious strategies for the benefit of their sectors. Developments in this area will help strengthen our economy and enable us to lead the way for innovation.”

The governments chief scientific advisor Professor Sir John Beddington agreed on the importance of the document.

“This report has identified a number of ideas for how developments in science and technology through to the 2020s may have the ability to change many aspects of our daily lives and transform our economy.”  he said.

You can download the report here.



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Article Author: Adi Gaskell

A writer on management issues for publications such as Professional Manager, CMI, HRM Today, Business Works and Technorati. I also cover social media for Social Media Today, DZone and Social Business News.

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