Continuing with futurist week, today we're covering The World Economic Forum's recently released list of their Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015.
Because the focus is on emerging technologies, it's more "futures" oriented than most tech trends lists - meaning most of these technologies won't have a broad impact for at least 5-10 years.
This list has 3 technologies from the biotech field, 3 from robotics, 2 from clean tech and 2 from manufacturing.
What's not on the list is in some ways as interesting as what is. For example, nothing specific on cloud or mobile computing or big data or the Internet of things. All of these would have been on most emerging technology lists several years ago. I guess the folks at WEF think these have emerged.
We were pleased to see that distributed manufacturing made the list. They define this as:
In distributed manufacturing, the raw materials and methods of fabrication are decentralized, and the final product is manufactured very close to the final customer.
Distributed manufacturing, which we cover in more detail in our Small Manufacturing section, is one of the trends we believe will lead to a faster growing small/maker manufacturing sector.
The 2015 list is below and the links take you the WEF page describing each trend in more detail: