The 2015 list of the greatest emerging technologies was recently published by Bernard Meyerson, chief innovation officer of IBM and chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies.
The council, made of 18 technology gurus, uses its shared intelligence and discretion to identify the year’s most captivating, promising and interesting innovations. The annual list represents an effort to bring attention to the new technologies and to close the gaps in funding and regulation that often inhibit progress.
Meyerson sums up the goals of the list by writing, “Technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.”
Here is the 2015 list:
1. Fuel cell vehicles
These cars will be powered by batteries more efficient and environmentally sound than electric and hydrocarbon-powered predecessors.
2. Next-generation robotics
The next generation of robots will interact with humans and even enhance them, in the form of prosthetics.
3. Recyclable thermoset plastics
A recyclable version of a plastic that formerly was not.
4. Precise genetic engineering techniques
Techniques which will eliminate a lot of the risk associated with genetic engineering.
5. Additive manufacturing
3D – and even 4D – printing for all sorts of products.
6. Emergent artificial intelligence
Making computers think like sentient beings, for purposes of industry.
7. Distributed manufacturing
A reversal of the industrial revolution that will see manufacturing decentralized, more local.
8. “Sense and avoid” drones
Flying robots will be used for emergency and disaster situations.
9. Neuromorphic technology
Computer chips that process information more like a human brain does.
10. Digital genome
Digitizing humanity’s genomes for medical purposes.