Innovation in 2018: Milestones and Predictions

LinkedIn Pulse | Innovation in 2018: Milestones and Predictions

An unprecedented chapter of human, economic and scientific development

Global Markets:

  1. Massive IPOs (Xiaomi $100B; Saudi Aramco $1T; SpaceX: $50B)
  2. Booming India and bouncing Africa on-track to challenge China (Population; GDP growth)

Space:

  1. Restored American Spaceflight capabilities (H2: Dragon-2/Starliner crewed missions to the ISS)
  2. Doubled low-Earth-orbit payload limits (Jan: Falcon Heavy maiden flight: Jan)
  3. Emerging space tourism (Late: SpaceX around the Moon flights)
  4. Surging Chinese unmanned missions (June: Moon far-side landing) and crashes (Q1: Chinese Space Station)
  5. Renewed planetary study missions (NASA Mars, ESA Mercury, JAXA: Asteroids)

Supercomputing:

  1. More powerful (4x) AI activated (IBM Summit Supercomputer)
  2. More predominant autonomous cars (>1% miles driven)

5G/Telecom:

  1. Further shape-up at Winter Olympics (KR)
  2. Evolutionary connectivity enhancements (fit LTE to 5G)
  3. Rolling 5G spectrum auctions
  4. Commercial availability remains in ’19

Nanomaterials:

  1. More premium 3D printing (medical, luxury)
  2. Massively disruptive fabrics (35x tougher-than-steel) after multi-$Bn Kevlar market

Genetics:

  1. Booming human gene editing (20x CRISPR trials expected)
  2. Stronger genetics regulations (therapies; performance enhancement)

Source: roadmaps of global scientific and business organizations.

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