• 50 Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

    Recently analyst firm Frost & Sullivan celebrated its 50th anniversary by releasing a list of the 50 emerging technologies most likely to make a meaningful impact on the world. The firm boldly predicts that their list of technologies will change industries, research agendas and even how we live.

    Bold stuff for a list of 50, but after eyeballing the list (and having to look up a few terms) it does seem to be solid. I am most excited about:

    • Wearable sensors (Star Trek is here!),
    • Personalized medicine therapeutics (I’m over 40),
    • Nanoviricides (Had to look it up, again 40+), and
    • Carbon-fixing technologies (Do I need to say why?).

    Now let’s take a look at the other side of the coin. I am most worried about the following:

    • Wearable sensors (Think about it),
    • Artificial photosynthesis (Not sure why but seems like something we should not mess with, i.e. Jurassic Park but with plants),
    • Energy harvesting (Can you say Matrix? I saw what Keanu Reeves when through), and
    • Inductive wireless power transfer (I would worry about walking to a wireless “third rail” and getting an unexpected and unwanted jolt of energy).

    Seriously, from the list below what excites or worries you…and what did the smart folks at Frost & Sullivan miss?

    1. Accelerated carbonation technology

    2. Biomass-to-renewable oil conversion technology

    3. Microchannel process technology

    4. Carbide-derived carbon (CDC) technology

    5. Breathable antibacterial coatings, products

    6. Plastic conversion to oil by gasolysis

    7. Algal-based platform for production of a wide variety of chemicals

    8. Destagnation and destratification of water

    9. Non-woven coating spray-on technology

    10. Artificial photosynthesis

    11. BPA-free epoxy lining of plastic bottles

    12. Hydrogen storage technology

    13. Production of liquid biofuel from industrial waste gases containing carbon monoxide

    14. Mini-chromosome gene stacking technology

    15. Nanoparticles for use as anti-viral agents or “nanoviricides”

    16. Substitute pancreas for diabetics using stem cells

    17. Wireless sensors and ubiquitous sensors

    18. Energy harvesting

    19. Wearable sensors

    20. Fiber optic sensor for security

    21. Structural health monitoring sensors

    22. Intelligent robots

    23. Flexible electronics

    24. 3D integration

    25. Smart grid networks

    26. Mobile projection systems

    27. Advanced storage technologies (MRAM/PCM)

    28. Hyperspectral imaging

    29. Haptics and touch technology

    30. Energy-efficient lighting technologies

    31. EUV for higher transistor density

    32. Energy-efficient variable frequency drives (VFD)

    33. Reconfigurable manufacturing systems

    34. Micro and nano manufacturing technologies

    35. Machine vision systems

    36. Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

    37. Inductive wireless power transfer

    38. 3D cell culture systems

    39. Personalized medicine therapeutics

    40. Dendritic cell therapy

    41. Vaccines for infectious disease and cancer

    42. High-throughput sequencing technology

    43. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution

    44. Quantum computing

    45. Energy management and carbon accounting systems

    46. Fuel cell technology

    47. Sea water desalination technologies

    48. Green building technologies

    49. Carbon-fixing technologies

    50. Medical imaging technology

    Mike Neumeier is Principal at Arketi Group. Arketi Group is a public relations and digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business technology organizations accelerate growth through intelligent strategy, public relations, messaging, branding and demand generation.

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