In May (May 2013), McKinsey Global Institute, published a very interesting report, named: “Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy” by James Manyika, Michael Chui, Jacques Bughin, Richard Dobbs, Peter Bisson, and Alex Marrs.

In this report are identified 12 disruptive technologies that might transform the economy and the society of tomorrow. This report puts in perspective, 12 basic technologies, that can bring a huge impact, in personal and professional life, by transforming the life, economies, and societies.

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The 12 Disruptive Technologies

The selection of these technologies based on the following premises:

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

These technologies, are:

  1. Mobile Internet
  2. Automation of knowledge work
  3. Internet of Things
  4. Cloud Technology
  5. Advanced Robotics
  6. Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles
  7. Next-generation genomics
  8. Energy storage
  9. 3D printing
  10. Advanced materials
  11. Advanced oil and gas exploitation and recovery
  12. Renewable energy

This report, is an excellent reading for everyone would like to take a look at the technologies that could affect the economic, social and personal ecosystem of the future, as well as for the professional, consultant, worker, or entrepreneur who would like to identify the future business, work and life opportunities and leads.

A well-documented report and even more an excellent guide on the future, high-impact, technologies that would bring a huge Return on investment (ROI).

What do you think? Can this report be of any use for yourself or for your work? How can you exploit any of these technologies? Do you think, there is a working or business opportunity in any of the sectors described in this report, or not? Please comment.