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Innovations breakthroughs-what future will bring us?

Looking into the future

Self-healing smartphones, asteroid mining for essential minerals and telepathic brain-to-brain communication enabled by technology. These are some examples of impressive innovations on the horizon presented in the new independent expert report 100 Radical Innovation Breakthroughs for the future.

The report is a foresight study displaying the progress and outlook for 100 ground breaking social and technological innovations. Some of the innovations, such as plant communication, are a long way off. Others, such as medical exoskeletons, are already being tested and used.

By capturing the most potentially impactful results, the report provides a strategic resource to policymakers and anyone concerned with the future of science, technology and innovation. It can create common references between different policies, may contribute to national and regional strategies, and spark discussion about the ethical and social implications of the coming waves of innovation.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Many of the innovations in this report sound like science fiction, but are on the way to becoming science fact. It is fascinating and refreshing to get such a broad overview of potential future innovations together with an analysis of Europe’s relative position on the world stage. This report will help policymakers across Europe prepare for the future and will intrigue anyone interested in what that future will look like."

The emerging developments in the 100 Radical Innovation Breakthroughs for the future report are displayed on an interactive poster to quickly find more information on the state of play and outlook for each.

Date of upload: 29/11/2019