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Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Top 10 Technologies
Gearing Up for Science-based Change: A list of important future technologies that it predicts will impact the world has been released by the World Economic Forum.

Intelligent technologies for adding value to information and handling “noisy data” are among the expected advances showcased in a list of “Important Technologies” that, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, are poised to alter the world. The list was produced by a group of experts representing many areas, including science, businesses, and public policy.

“Accelerating progress in science and technology has stimulated a new age of discovery, and many of the technologies identified by the council are critical to building a sustainable and resilient future.”

 — Sang Yup Lee, Council Chair Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

In alphabetical order, the Council’s top 10 emerging technologies are as follows:

  • Enhanced Education Technology
  • Green Revolution 2.0 – Technologies for Increased Food and Biomass
  • High Energy Density Power Systems
  • Informatics for Adding Value to Information
  • Nanoscale Design of Materials
  • Personalized Medicine, Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
  • Systems Biology and Computational Modeling and Simulation of Chemical and Biological Systems
  • Utilization of Carbon Dioxide as a Resource
  • Wireless Power

While the Council members expect that technological progress in these areas could have major impacts on social, economic, and environmental issues, they also caution that their “safe and successful development is far from guaranteed.”

Explore further at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/tkai-iet021412.php

To see the full list of emerging technologies, visit http://forumblog.org/2012/02/the-2012-top-10-emerging-technologies

Related: http://www.inc.com/john-brandon/6-major-tech-innovations-for-2012.html 

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Study: Cell Phones Satisfy Social Cravings, Stifle Prosocial Behavior

A study described in a working paper titled, The Effect of Mobile Phone Use on Prosocial Behavior, links the use of cell phones to selfish behavior. In the study, “prosocial behavior” was defined as “action intended to benefit another person or society as a whole.”

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland‘s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The researchers found that following a brief period of interaction with an actual or imagined cell phone, participants’ prosocial behaviors were diminished.

…after a short period of cellphone use the subjects were less inclined to volunteer for a community service activity when asked, compared to the control-group counterparts. The cell phone users were also less persistent in solving word problems – even though they knew their answers would translate to a monetary donation to charity.”

                          — Announcement, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Learn more at http://newsdesk.umd.edu/uniini/release.cfm?ArticleID=2615

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