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Peter Diamandis, co-founder of Singularity University, shares his top tech picks for 2015

Peter Diamandis speakerPeter Diamandis, the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and the X PRIZE Foundation, has singled out 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year. Here are his top tech picks for 2015:

  1. Virtual Reality: Expect a lot more action on the virtual and augmented reality front. Watch out for game changers like Magic Leap (in which Google just invested over $500 million.
  2. Mass-market robots: 2015 is going to see the introduction of consumer-friendly robots in a store near you.
  3. Autonomous vehicles: Beyond Google, many major car brands are working on autonomous solutions.
  4. Drones everywhere: They’re getting cheaper, easier to use, more automated, and are now finding more useful and lucrative applications.
  5. Wireless power: Companies like uBeam, Ossia and others are developing solutions to charge your phones, laptops, wearables, etc. wirelessly as you go about your business.
  6. Data & machine learning: There is gold in your data. This year will see data collection and mining that data becoming more turn-key.
  7. Large-scale genome sequencing and data mining: In 2015, we will see explosive, exponential growth in genomics and longevity research.
  8. Sensor explosion: The combination of sensors and wearables, increased connectivity, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and improved data mining capabilities will create a smart, connected world.
  9. Voice-control and “language-independent” interaction: The Star Trek universal translator is just around the corner!
  10. 3D Printing: The number of applications is increasing, and printers, scanners, and CAD modelling software will become more accessible, cheaper, and easier to use.
  11. Bitcoin: Emerging smartphone markets in developing countries, better “interfaces”, and more commercial adopters who accept bitcoin as a form of payment will all play a role in a brighter bitcoin future.

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Paul Markillie on three ground-breaking tech trends

Paul MarkillieWe’re big fans of Paul Markillie, the Economist’s Innovation Editor who now also edits the magazine’s Technology Quarterly.

Paul has vast knowledge of emerging technologies, tech trends and their impact on business. You can view the latest edition of Technology Quarterly here 

Here is a video in which Paul discusses three of the stories in the latest issue:

(i) the use of 3D printers to produce human tissues, a development which will eventually lead to organs for transplantation being printed on demand.

(ii) the future of chip-making as it becomes increasing difficult to make powerful semiconductors that rely on silicon.

(iii) ghostly drone ships, which are autonomous cargo vessels that could set sail without a crew. 

For further information on Paul Markillie, or to book him as a speaker, please contact Huw Diprose at huwd@chartwellpartners.co.uk, or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 3002.

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