# Blockchain, Open AI take top spots in World Economic Forum breakthroughs

Today the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was published. The list highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.

“Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform our world, enabling timely expert analysis in preparation for these disruptors. The global community needs to come together and agree on common principles if our society is to reap the benefits and hedge the risks of these technologies.” – IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Bernard Meyerson is chair of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies.

One of the criteria used by council members during their deliberations was the likelihood that 2016 represents a tipping point in the deployment of each technology. Thus, the list includes some technologies that have been known for a number of years, but are only now reaching a level of maturity where their impact can be meaningfully felt.

World Economic Forum’s Top 10¹

1. Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings – With the Internet of Things expected to comprise 30 billion connected devices by 2020, one of the most exciting areas of focus today is now on nanosensors capable of circulating in the human body or being embedded in construction materials. Once connected, this Internet of Nanothings could have a huge impact on the future of medicine, architecture, agriculture and drug manufacture.
2. Next Generation Batteries – One of the greatest obstacles holding renewable energy back is matching supply with demand, but recent advances in energy storage using sodium, aluminum and zinc based batteries makes mini-grids feasible that can provide clean, reliable, round the clock energy sources to entire villages. Read this paper by IBM scientists on Solid-State Lithium–Sulfur Batteries