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Emerging Technologies Executive Program™

Recently I finished the Executive Program in Emerging Technologies™ by the IIEC, provided at online learning platform. If you are interested, take a look at their programs.

According to a rating made by the author Sean Moffitt in his article published on Medium, the top 30 Emerging Technologies (2018-2028) are:

The Top 30 Technologies (ranked in order):

  1. Artificial Intelligence #AI /Machine Learning / Deep Learning
  2. Internet of Things #IOT / #IIOT & Sensors & Wearables
  3. Mobile & Social Internet — Advancements, Social Networks/Media, Search, Messenging and Livestreams
  4. Blockchain — Cryptocurrencies, Distributed Ledger Systems, DAOs, DApps
  5. Big Data — Apps, Infrastructure & Predictive Analytics
  6. Automation — Information, Task, Process, Machine, Decision & Action
  7. Robots incl. Drones & Autonomous Vehicles — Consumer/Commercial/Industrial Robots and Robotics
  8. Immersive Media — #VR/ #AR/ #MR/ 360°
  9. Mobile Technologies & Advancements — infrastructure, networks, standards, services & devices
  10. Cloud Computing — Software-as-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-aServcie (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) & MESH Apps
  11. 3D Printing — Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping
  12. Customer Experience (CX) — Customer Journey, Experience, Personalization & Commerce Tools
  13. EnergyTech — Efficiency, Storage & Decentralized Grid
  14. Cybersecurity incl. Adaptive Security — Security, Intelligence Detection, Remediation & Adaptation
  15. Voice Assistants -Interfaces, Chatbots & Natural Language Processing
  16. Nanotechnology – Computing, Medicine, Machines + Smart Dust
  17. CollaborativeTech — Crowd, Sharing, Workplace & Open Source Platforms & Tools
  18. Health Tech — Advanced Genomics, Bionics & Health Care Tech.
  19. Human-Computer Interaction — Facial/Gesture Recognition, Biometrics, Gaze Tracking
  20. Geo-spatial Tech — GIS, GPS, Mapping & Remote Sensing, Scanning, Navigation
  21. Advanced Materials — Composites, Alloys, Polymers, Biomimicry, Nanomanufacturing
  22. New Touch Interfaces — Touch Screens, Haptics, 3D Touch, Paper, Feedback & Exoskeletons
  23. Wireless Power
  24. Clean Tech. — Bio-/Enviro-Materials + Solutions, Sustainability, Treatment & Efficiency
  25. Quantum Computing — + Exascale Computing
  26. Smart Cities — Infrastructure & Transport
  27. Edge/Fog Computing
  28. Faster, Better Internet — Broadband incl. Fiber, 5G, Li-Fi , LPN and LoRa
  29. Proximity Tech. — Beacons, .RFID, Wi-Fi, Near-Field Communications & Geofencing
  30. New Screens — next evolution TVs, Digital Signage, OOH, MicroLEDS & Projections


There is a lot of talk about 5G and how it will have a huge impact on VR and AR. We will also have different interfaces in the near future.

The following article gives a clear explanation about the importance of 5G and how it drive the adoption of emerging technologies:

The intrinsic capacity of the fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) to connect the Internet’s end systems with enhanced data flows and faster response times will unlock the full potential of emerging technologies, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Archi Dasgupta, Director of Disruptive Tech at GlobalData, comments: “In addition to the striking speed, which enables data transmission between two end systems almost instantly, 5G’s ability to connect thousands of such devices at once with lower latency, higher reliability and lesser battery consumption lays a strong foundation for the effective adoption of emerging technologies.

An analysis of GlobalData’s Disruptor Tech Database reveals how 5G can influence the deployment of emerging technologies, notably Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, robotics & drones and virtual reality (VR).

If we focus on Robotics and VR, further explains:

Robotics & drones
5G can fill the gaps in 4G with virtually instantaneous response times essential for robots to process more data in real-time, absorb new things and better communicate with the real world. While a 5G robot by KT Corp is already active in South Korea for coffee making, the technology is expected to be the key enabler of next-generation robotic applications such as telesurgery. 5G’s elevated bandwidth will enable drones to shoot live 4K or 360-degree videos through their cameras and revolutionize the way people watch videos.


The widespread adoption of VR depends on reliable 5G networks as the immersive technology consumes huge data. The VR head-mounted displays currently require a powerful PC to run and store, which means the experiences are confined to a location and requires high power. The edge cloud capabilities of 5G look to have a solution for all these problems. Dasgupta concludes: “While the commercial adoption of 5G for broader industrial applications is expected to take off in the early 2020s, its mainstream adoption could take longer due to several hurdles–the most crucial being cost. As the technology uses a totally different wavelength and needs much higher bandwidth compared to 4G and 3G, it requires network operators to replace the entire existing infrastructure. However, 5G adoptions will increase gradually and complement the effective implementation of emerging technologies.”


What is happening today with 5G and emerging technologies?

Intel explains:

5G will enable a fully-mobile and connected society — unleashing human and technological possibility, and fuelling business and financial opportunity

This sounds very promising and who would not love to have all this today but it does not come without challenges as Intel further explains:

Though the impact of 5G will be huge, it will be gradual. Though roll-out will begin in 2020, it will take some years before the next-gen networks are commonplace. 5G connections are forecast to reach 1.2 billion by 2025, accounting for 14 per cent of the total connections at that time, according to a report from mobile technology trade association GSMA*.

From connected cars and immersive media experiences to drones, AI-enhanced agriculture, and smart cities, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what we can accomplish with 5G,” said Keddy. “The opportunities for incumbents to evolve, developing new lines of business and revenue, and for new market entrants to innovate, launching new products and services, are nearly endless.”

5G is set to change the way we live and work, providing both significant opportunities and challenges for businesses. While the 5G roll-out won’t happen overnight, 2020 will undoubtedly be the beginning of a new technological era.

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others

So we have to prepare ourselves for the new technological era and the disruption it will bring. Furthermore, let us not forget about the new users coming online which will mean great business opportunities but also the need to be prepared to offer them the latest technologies and services.

We will no doubt have to continue studying to stay up to date with the latest technological advancements and make sure that we have the necessary training.

The following videos talk about 5G

What you need to know about 5G technology:

What is 5G? | CNBC Explains

Twelve Emerging Technologies for Fourth Industrial Revolution:

Twelve Emerging Technologies for Fourth Industrial Revolution |

Written by Veronica Chiaravalli