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Transformational tech that could change the world

Lux Research releases annual list of technologies and trends that will transform the way we live, work and play


A combination of megatrends, market demand, and new innovations have thrust many new technologies into the spotlight – some that are likely to have the greatest impact during the next 10 years, according to Lux Research – a leading provider of tech-enabled research and advisory services. Lux has released its annual report identifying and ranking 20 technologies that will reshape the world.

The new report combines the power of insights from technology experts with proprietary data science tools to better guide innovation decision making. Lux’s ‘20 for 2020’ listing is based on innovation interest scores from the Lux Intelligence Engine, along with input from Lux’s leading analysts. It provides data-backed context for the ever-shifting technology landscape and insights into how companies can maximize the investment opportunities these data trends reveal.

The Top 5 Technologies are: 

  • 5G Networks:From robotic surgery to self-driving cars, 5G will be critical to advances in the internet of things. 5G has officially left the realm of research and entered reality, with more than 2,200 patents being filed this year.
  • Shared Mobility:With more than $10 billion in funding every year for the past three years, shared mobility – like car-sharing services – are reinventing urban transportation.
  • Advanced Plastic Recycling: Mission-critical for companies from CPGs to chemicals, China has invested in recycling technology in a big way, with 55% of all patents coming from that country.
  • Solid-State Batteries: Incumbent Li-ion batteries are hitting a performance plateau, and with more than 500 patents filed last year, solid-state battery production is quickly becoming less theoretical.
  • Protein Production: Next-generation protein are needed to feed a population of almost 10 billion and received five times the investment of the previous year, landing at more than $200 million.

5G networks claim the top spot in Lux’s “20 for 20” report, 12 spots over the previous year’s report. In fact, 11 of the 20 technologies on this list did not even appear on the previous year’s list, and six of the nine returning technologies moved up in ranking.