Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-05-2013

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Mobile Internet  With 1 billion people now mobile, wireless Web use will exceed wired use by 2015. Look for wearable devices, such as Google Glass, to make impact soon.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Knowledge-Work Automation  Projected to account for more than $5 trillion in economic value by 2025, demand is rising for innovation that allows computers to answer unstructured questions.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Internet of Things  With machines functioning and interacting on their own, businesses can better manage assets and optimize performance, such as the remote monitoring of a factory’s production.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Cloud Computing  Cloud technology is transforming pay-as-you-go IT acquisition models into business as usual.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Advanced Robotics  Robots do “the dirty work” while also reducing labor costs. Look for big growth here in cleaning and maintenance, medical surgery and even prosthetic development for wounded war veterans.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Next-Generation Genomics  A human genome can now be sequenced in several hours for a few thousand dollars. During the Human Genome Project, it took 13 years and cost $2.7 billion.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Autonomous Vehicles  Thanks to progress in machine vision, AI, sensors and actuators, driverless vehicles could revolutionize ground transportation. Drones are now doing the same in the battlefield, and will likely expand to commercial applications.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Energy Storage  Improvements in energy storage will lower the cost of electric vehicles, and advance the integration of solar and wind power.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

3D Printing  On-demand manufacturing dramatically increases the speed of making products, while reducing waste. And you can acquire a 3D printer for less than $1,000.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business

Renewable Energy  Literally tapping upon the forces of nature–the sun, wind and water –nations such as China and India are getting aggressive sources of renewable energy. And the cost of solar power has declined from nearly $8 a watt to 80 cents a watt in two decades.

Ten Technologies That Will Disrupt Business