Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015

Learn about the potential of new technological trends and their impact on society. This year’s 10 emerging technologies offer a glimpse into the power of innovation to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard our planet.

This report by the World Economic Forum was compiled by a panel of experts and draws on collective expertise to identify the most important recent technological trends.

The top emerging technologies identified for 2015 are:

  • fuel cell vehicles — zero-emission cars that run on hydrogen
  • next-generation robotics — rolling away from the production line
  • recyclable thermoset plastics — a new kind of plastic to cut landfill waste
  • precise genetic-engineering techniques — a breakthrough offers better crops with less controversy
  • additive manufacturing — the future of making things, from printable organs to intelligent clothes
  • emergent artificial intelligence — what happens when a computer can learn on the job
  • distributed manufacturing — the factory of the future is online…and at your doorstep
  • “sense and avoid” drones — flying robots to check power lines or deliver emergency aid
  • neuromorphic technology — computer chips that mimic the human brain
  • digital genome — healthcare for an age when your genetic code is on a USB stick

Read the full report.