2019 Tech Trends Annual Report


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The Future Today Institute’s 2019 Tech Trends Report is in its 12th year of publication and has received more than 7.5 million cumulative views.


By The Numbers: 2019 FTI Tech Trend Report 

315 Tech and Science Trends: This is our biggest report tech trends report ever––a 30% increase over last year, when we identified 225 trends and 10 weak signals. This sharp increase has to do with the advancement of many different technologies, which is causing acceleration across many different fields.

6 Weak Signals for 2020: Including materials and biological science as well as quantum computing.

48 Scenarios: 17 are optimistic, 20 are pragmatic, and 11 are catastrophic.

9 Toolkits and Frameworks: We are including practical foresight tools and frameworks that can be implemented by your organization to advance your strategic thinking on these trends.

5 Primers: They are intended for executive leadership and management and cover Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Transportation, Mixed Reality, Genetic Editing and Blockchain.

3 Glossaries: We’ve identified and defined key terms to help teams get up to speed quickly. They include blockchain, cybersecurity and mixed reality.

50 Cities: For the second year, we are including a list of the world’s smartest cities. We’ve ranked them using a new methodology we developed in the past year. Nordic cities dominate the top ten and make up early a quarter of the entire list. Europe (including the UK) had 13 cities, Asia 9, North America 8, Middle East 4, and South America, Australia and India each had one. No African cities made the list for 2019.