On the occasion of the opening symposium of the 4th Dutch Technology Week THINK TOMORROW, the ING Bank published a report highlighting the most important technologies that are expected to lead to breakthroughs in the coming decade, based on an extensive set of interviews with thought leaders from Dutch companies.
During the opening symposium, Henk van Houten (General Manager Philips Research) was invited to join a panel discussion with Frits van Hout (Board of Directors ASML), Simon Bambach (CEO VDL Enabling Technologies Group), Annerie Vreugdenhil (Head of Commercial Banking Netherlands, ING), Nienke Meijer, (CEO Fontys) on how to keep the High-tech sector future proof. Henk stressed the importance of co-creating ecosystem innovation for a digital society.
Think Tomorrow – Co-creating ecosystem innovation for a digital society (Blog Henk van Houten)
The global population will grow to nine billion by 2050, with more than 70 percent of people predicted to live in cities by that time, according to the World Urbanization Prospects 2014 report. With such shifts come increased demand for safe neighborhoods, as well as affordable, local food, water and energy – societal challenges that will require innovative thinking and change-the-world optimism.
The consensus was that the top 7 technologies would be:
· Computing power · Internet of Things · Big Data · Robotics · Alternative Energy · New materials · 3D printing
These technologies by themselves cause disruptions within their own sectors, but taken together, they are likely to change entire industries, such as automotive, horticulture, or healthcare delivery. The good news is that, in this way, innovative solutions can be found for some of modern society’s biggest challenges.