What will life be like in the future? Science fiction giants like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells have tried to answer this question with mixed success. Some of their predictions, like automatic doors, teleconferencing and even the Internet are conveniences we now take for granted. Others, like subterranean continents and time machines are still just fiction. Is there an accurate and reliable way to anticipate the future?
Today we released a new report, The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation, that uses global patent data from Derwent World Patents Index and Thomson Innovation and citation rankings and analytics from Web of Science and InCites to pinpoint the hot spots of innovation that will lead to tomorrow’s biggest breakthroughs.
Following are some of the study’s predictions of innovation in 2025:
“While we do not purport to own a crystal ball, we do have the next best thing: citations to scientific literature and patent content. When analyzed in aggregate, these provide a fascinating window into innovations that will change our lives in the future,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “By analyzing current R&D activity and commercial pipelines, we are shining a spotlight on some of the most exciting developments that will emerge over the next decade."