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Table of Disruptive Technologies–Imperial College London

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Technology is always evolving. This rate of evolution has been increasing exponentially and disrupting businesses more often than ever. “Survival of the fittest” doesn’t just apply to living organisms with disruptive technologies this idea will apply to organizations as well. Change is hard to implement overall; but big Technological changes can really put an organization in or out of business. In this era, Organizations in all industries are prone to face upcoming disruptive technologies. Organizations can establish themselves and gain competitive advantage if they successfully adapt to these disruptions. It is essential for organizations to fully learn about disruptive technologies within the industry. I found this “Table of Disruptive Technologies” made by Richard Watson at the Imperial College London which does a great job of listing these technologies as per suitable industry and includes proper vectors of time and level of socio-economic disruption.

In the table the technologies are classified into 4 “horizons” as per their timeline:

Horizon one technologies (green bottom left on the table) are technologies that disruptive currently. Organizations can determine If they are appropriate to their business or industry, they should be integrating and executing these technologies as soon as possible to gain advantage. Organizations will have to figure out a way to adapt these as a part of their business.

Horizon two technologies (yellow) are probable technologies that will flourish in near future (10-20 years hence). Right now will be a good time to experiment and discuss these technologies  if appropriate within the industry.

Horizon three technologies (red) are technologies that are likely to emerge in the more distant future (20 years plus). Organizations should lookout for developments in these areas and explore and brainstorm how it could be relevant if appropriate.

The outer edge of the table (grey) are so called Ghost Technologies. These technologies relate to ones mentioned in science fiction genre but are still not fully impossible . Each example is highly improbable none, or very few, are actually impossible. These will not be projected to businesses in near future.

The table lists example of different companies that are currently active in these technologies and are successfully planning to adapt. Each technology also has an assigned theme which helps determine the overall goal of the technology.

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One Response to Table of Disruptive Technologies–Imperial College London

  • This was a very interesting topic to read about outside our weekly readings concerning disruptive technology. This table shows in a powerful way, the possibilities of the future around disruptive technology, which is most likely eye-opening for companies that consider themselves in a relevant industry. The tricky part, as we read about in the assigned readings, is that disruptive technology is likely something that a company would invest in and possibly execute, but it would not necessarily appeal to their current customer base. Even with the inability to predict the future, this chart does an excellent job of bringing together a ton of different ideas in an easy-to-read way. Therefore, looking at this chart and picking a direction of ways to innovate and stay ahead is going to be helpful for any organization. As dynamic as technology has become, no company can afford to stop innovating and producing disruptive technology.

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