Technology Outlook 2019

One of the SATW’s key missions is the early identification of new, possibly disruptive technologies that will become relevant for Switzerland’s economy and society in the next three to five years. Every two years, the SATW therefore publishes a public early identification report that presents these technologies and assesses their significance. The current report presents 37 technologies drawn from the fields most relevant to the Swiss economy. This list of technologies was compiled in close cooperation with the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) as well as more than 70 experts.

For the first time, the Technology Outlook has been substantiated with semi-quantitative data. This information draws on the knowledge of our experts as well as extensive research, and makes it possible to assess the relative significance of individual technologies for Switzerland. “Stars”, “self-propellers”, “niches” or “hopefuls” – each technology is assigned to one of four categories defined by economic significance and available competence in Switzerland. More on the methodology

Another new feature of this Technology Outlook is the cross-country comparison, which both the SATW and the SERI view as valuable and useful. The analysis of posts and tweets relating to the report’s 37 technologies published on the official social media channels of European universities allows for comparison between Switzerland and selected European countries.

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3D bioprinting: printable organs

Regenerative medicine

Alternative protein sources

Agriculture

Big data analytics

Artificial intelligence

Augmented reality – industrial applications

Industry 4.0

Automated vehicles

Mobility

Biocatalysis and biosynthesis

Sustainable chemical...

Bioplastics

Materials of the future

Blockchain as a basis for web services

Blockchain

Digital twins

Industry 4.0

Distributed energy systems

Energy management

Drones

Robotics

Drones in precision farming

Agriculture

E-mobility: electric vehicles and infrastructure

Mobility

Functional fibres

Materials of the future

Geothermal energy

Renewable energy sources

Collaborative robots

Robotics

Continuous manufacturing processes

Sustainable chemical...

Cryptography and quantum computing

Cybersecurity

Machine learning and neural networks

Artificial intelligence

Mass cultivation of stem cells

Regenerative medicine

Material development for additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing

Mobility concepts

Mobility

Sustainable food production

Agriculture

Laser surface treatments

Photonics and light...

Surgical robots

Precision medicine

Optical space communication

Photonics and light...

Personalised nutrition

Precision medicine

Photonics as an enabling technology

Photonics and light...

Photovoltaics

Renewable energy sources

Point-of-care diagnostics

Precision medicine

Smart Cities

Smart living environments

Smart grids

Energy management

Smart homes

Smart living environments

Synthetic biology

Sustainable chemical...

Additive manufacturing processes

Additive manufacturing

Connected machines

Industry 4.0

Future energy storage

Energy management

International comparison

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