Richard Watson and Anna Cupani from the the Imperial Tech Foresight (ITF) group, at Imperial College London, have created a periodic table of disruptive technologies that signpost the future.
They have designed the ‘periodic table’ as a visual conversation starter about where exponential innovations in the world are going, and call it “a dashboard of 100 wonderful, weird (and possibly worrying) ways the world might change in the foreseeable future”. Take a look.
It features 100 innovations, ranging from the established and everyday, to the advanced, and optimistically impactful.
Each of the elements are colour-coded and formatted across two axis: The Y-axis ranks the potential for socio-economic disruption from high to low, while the X-axis is time, or how soon it will become a reality. Here’s how to read the periodic table:
The green elements in the bottom left-hand corner are happening now.
The yellow blocks could come to pass in the near future.
The red elements are a more distant concept, which could be 20 years away from becoming a reality.
The final section of grey is fringe science, which TF identifies as “highly improbable, but not actually impossible.”
The group have also given the elements numbers. Each relate to an example of the technology in action. They are also grouped into themes — the initials at the bottom right of each box. These themes include extreme automation and human augmentation.
You can view and download the full table here.
ITF “allow business leaders to immerse themselves in the fringes of disruption, exploring breakthrough technology and research through visionary academic perspectives. We connect corporate partners with challenging, proactive, and engaging visions of the future.” We look forward to seeing more of their work going forward.
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