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Game Changers—Technologies Poised to Disrupt Industries

Game Changers—Technologies Poised to Disrupt Industries

Technological progress is not linear, and when thinking about the future, humans tend to use the past as a guide—this is a mistake. Exponential growth over the next 􂀀 years will drive technological advancement faster than at any other time in history.

General-purpose autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the Blockchain, 3D printing, and drones will be the most disruptive technologies over the next 10 years, whilst augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will revolutionize the way people interact with the digital and physical worlds.

On a macro-level, these technologies will reduce the production and distribution costs for all businesses, similar to how the Internet reduced the cost of communication and distribution of digital goods to near-zero. 3D printing, the Blockchain, AI, general-purpose autonomous robotics, and drones will do the same for physical goods.

This change has implications for any organization with a business model predicated on generating revenue from the production or distribution of physical and digital products.

Incumbents will use these technologies to reduce costs and offer new services. New market entrants will compete with incumbents by using new business models only possible through the use of these new technologies.

Legislation and powerful value chains will slow disruption in some industries, but over the next 10 years, agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, and transportation will all be fundamentally reshaped.

About this report

Exponential growth over the next 10 years will drive technological advancement faster than at any other time in history. General-purpose autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, the Blockchain, 3D printing, and drones will be the most disruptive technologies, whilst augmented and virtual reality will revolutionize daily interaction with our digital and physical worlds. This study explores how these technologies will impact 8 key vertical markets: agriculture, education, energy and natural resources, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, and transportation.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Key Technologies
    • 30 Key Technologies
    • Key Technologies Definitions
    • Research Methodology—Key Technologies
    • Ranked Key Technologies: 1–10
    • Ranked Key Technologies: 11–20
    • Ranked Key Technologies: 21–30
    • Research Methodology—Key Technologies
  • Technology Deep Dive—General-purpose Autonomous Robotics
    • Overview—General-purpose Autonomous Robotics
    • Market Development
    • Market Disruption—Retail & Hospitality
    • Market Disruption—Transportation
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Overview—Artificial Intelligence
    • Market Development
    • Market Disruption—Financial Services
    • Market Disruption—Healthcare
    • Market Disruption—Energy & Natural Resources
  • The Blockchain
    • Overview—The Blockchain
    • Market Development
    • Market Disruption—Financial Services (Including Professional Services)
  • 3D Printing
    • Overview—3D Printing
    • Market Development
    • Market Disruption—Healthcare
    • Market Disruption—Manufacturing
  • Drones
    • Overview—Drones
    • Market Development
    • Global Drone Regulatory Landscape
    • Market Disruption—Agriculture
    • Market Disruption—Retail & Hospitality
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
    • Overview—Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
    • Market Development
    • Augmented–Virtual Device Spectrum
    • Market Disruption—Healthcare
    • Market Disruption—Retail & Hospitality
  • Connected Industry Trends—Agriculture
    • Agriculture: Trend 1—Autonomous Machinery
    • Agriculture: Trend 2—Urban Hydroponic Farms
    • Agriculture: Trend 3—Agricultural AI
  • Education
    • Education: Trend 1—Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)
    • Education: Trend 2—Mobile Devices & App Ecosystem
    • Education: Trend 3—Social & Gamified Learning
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Energy and Natural Resources: Trend 1—Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
    • Energy and Natural Resources: Trend 2—SMART Grid & SMART Energy
    • Energy and Natural Resources: Trend 3—Digital Oilfield (DOF)
  • Financial Services
    • Financial Services: Trend 1—Mobile Payments
    • Financial Services: Trend 2—Retail Banking Data Mining
    • Financial Services: Trend 3—Cryptocurrencies
  • Healthcare
    • Healthcare: Trend 1—Digital Hospital
    • Healthcare: Trend 2—Mobile Health Services
    • Healthcare: Trend 3—Personalized Medicine
  • Manufacturing
    • Manufacturing: Trend 1—Distributed Infofacturing
    • Manufacturing: Trend 2—Collaborative Manufacturing
    • Manufacturing: Trend 3—Agile Robots
  • Retail and Hospitality
    • Retail and Hospitality: Trend 1—Location-based Services (LBSs)
    • Retail and Hospitality: Trend 2—Virtual Shopping
    • Retail and Hospitality: Trend 3—Service Robots
  • Transportation
    • Transportation: Trend 1—Connected Vehicles
    • Transportation: Trend 2—Mobility Integration
    • Transportation: Trend 3—Autonomous Car
  • Connected Industry Trends Summary
    • Summary: Technologies Mapped to Industry Trends
  • Conclusions—Connected Industries in 2025
    • Agriculture in 2025
    • Education in 2025
    • Energy and Natural Resources in 2025
    • Financial Services in 2025
    • Healthcare in 2025
    • Manufacturing in 2025
    • Retail and Hospitality in 2025
    • Transportation in 2025

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