The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
Compiled by the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, the list aims to "help raise attention for those technologies its members believe possess the greatest potential for addressing chronic global challenges." The purpose is to also spark debate around the potential human, societal, economic, and environmental risk around these technologies with the hope that concerns can be addressed before widespread adoption.
"Technology is the greatest change agent in our world today, but maximizing its positive impact will require investment, sound regulation, and an informed public. We hope this year's list focuses the attention of stakeholders so that the world can reap the full benefits of these technologies and mitigate any downside that their adoption may incur," Martina Larkin, senior director, head of Global Knowledge Networks, World Economic Forum, said in a press statement.
Click the image below to see Design News' coverage of the emerging technologies that will have the biggest impact on manufacturing. And visit the World Economic Forum for the full list.
Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News.