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Exponential technologies & trends

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, labeled by some as man’s most important invention, has already become a crucial collaboration tool between humans and machines that dramatically extends our capabilities.. Purpose-specific, simple AI routinely outperforms humans in many activities, such as image or speech recognition; or crunching through vast amounts of data. Moreover, could chatbots, AI doctors, lawyers, and artists soon develop intuition and creativity? Will Jarvis from Iron Man be assisting or even solving our problems soon?

Virtual & augmented reality

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality is a whole new universe forming right now. While still a nascent technology, the billions of dollars invested last year alone and the hundreds of thousands of developers who jumped onboard leaves no doubt the technology will evolve rapidly and go far beyond gaming. Virtual reality promises to render the displays we use today obsolete, replacing them with far more powerful immersive virtual environments seen through easy-to-wear all-day glasses allowing us to work, travel, enjoy ourselves, and interact with each other and our world in ways unimaginable today.

Robots & drones

We have been witnessing the evolution of intelligent machines for executing tasks accurately and automatically for nearly a century. Robots in different forms are significantly penetrating not only our everyday lives but also the field of business; from drones that survey power plants, change the film industry, or deliver medicines in Africa, to automatic vacuum cleaners or robotic arms replacing all kinds of mechanical labor in factories and assisting surgeries in hospitals. With the rise of collaborative robots working alongside humans, on the one hand, and fully robotic lights-out factories with no human involved, on the other. Where can we expect the next phase of the robotic revolution?

Internet of everything

The collection and interpretation of data from smart devices and omnipresent sensors is skyrocketing. This exponentially expanding network is expected to reach 50 billion devices by 2020. Joined by gigabytes of data from self-driving cars, satellites, and cameras, we will soon live in a world where you can have real-time information about anything from anywhere. Paired with artificial intelligence, how will this pulsing global ecosystem known as the Internet of Things, or IoT, change everything?

New materials

Material science is one of the key enablers of exponential technologies today. From nanomaterials through smart materials to new synthetic bio-materials, the research and fabrication of novel substances with properties not found in nature has never advanced so rapidly. Involvement machine learning in designing atomic structures further accelerates discoveries in many industries, i.e.energy storage, medicine, design, and aerospace.

3D
printing

3D printing already disrupted product prototyping in every type of manufacturing business, significantly reducing costs and the time needed for new product versions. There are already dozens of printing substances is use today ranging from plastic, glass, and metal to food and organic tissues. As new materials and printing methods emerge, 3D printing promises to further disrupt mass production, soon enabling the process to go from design directly to finished customized product. Plummeting costs and increasing capabilities are also shifting 3D printers from the domain of gadget lovers and hobbyists to useful everyday home factories.

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Future mobility

The transportation industry is being turned upside down by all kinds of exponential technologies i.e. computer vision and AI, sensors and smart communication systems, new materials, and 3D printing. Autonomous cars are just the start of the mobility revolution that promises to rewrite business models in the automotive industry, eliminate individual car ownership, and have a massive positive impact on natural resources and the environment. For the future of mobility, the sky is definitely not the limit.

Future healthcare

Analytic, advisory, and predictive technologies supported by cheap sensors, new materials, robotics, and machine learning are already significantly changing the way we perceive our health and practise medicine today. Robotic surgeons, AIs diagnosing cancer, and cheap gene-editing tools are just the beginning. What will synthetic biology and genomics bring? The expectations in healthcare are nearly as great as the questions to answer and the challenges to overcome.