The technologies on the list, which is curated by members of the Forum’s Expert Network, are selected against a number of criteria. In addition to promising major benefits to societies and economies, they must also be disruptive, attractive to investors and researchers, and expected to have achieved considerable scale within five years.
Making the list involves more than promising major benefits to the world. The emerging technologies must positively disrupt the existing order, be attractive to investors and researchers, and expect to achieve considerable scale within the coming 5 years.
These are the top 10 emerging technologies for 2019:
1. Bioplastics for a circular economy
2. Social robots
4. Disordered proteins as drug targets
5. Smarter fertilizers
6. Collaborative telepresence
7. Advanced food tracking and packaging
8. Safer nuclear reactors
9. DNA data storage
10. Utility-scale storage of renewable energy
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