Various Links: Inventions, Technology and Other Cool Stuff

McKinsey recently released a long report titled “Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy.” The report covers 12 technologies:

  • Mobile internet
  • Automation of knowledge work
  • The Internet of things
  • Cloud technology
  • Advanced robotics
  • Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles
  • Next-generation genomics
  • Energy storage
  • 3D printing
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced oil and gas exploration and recovery
  • Renewable energy

To make the list, each of the technologies scored well on four criteria:

  • The technology is rapidly advancing or experiencing breakthroughs
  • The potential scope of impact is broad
  • Significant economic value could be affected
  • Economic impact is potentially disruptive

The report goes on to estimate the speed of technology improvement (for instance, battery prices for electric cars have fallen by 40% since 2009), the future economic impact (the technologies are listed above in order of decreasing impact) and more. I haven’t spent much time with it yet but thought it was worth posting the link (h/t EconoMonitor / Barry Ritholtz) – the McKinsey reports are always well-done and this one seems to have something for everyone. Plus, it gives me an excuse to empty a file of similar links:

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