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Published: 26 June 2023

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2023


World Economic Forum

| Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Sebastian Buckup Head, Network and Partnerships
  • Greta Keenan Strategic Impact and Communications Lead
  • Saemoon Yoon Lead, Innovator Communities

| Strategic Intelligence Platform

  • James Landale Head, Content and Partnerships
  • John Letzing Digital Editor
  • Stephan Mergenthaler Head
  • Minji Sung Specialist, Content and Partnerships

| Centre for Nature and Climate

  • Lauren Uppink Calderwood Head, Climate Strategy


  • Susan Debad Consultant
  • Frederick Fenter Chief Executive Editor
  • George Thomas Public Affairs Manager
  • Participating journals:
    Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
    Frontiers in Batteries and Electrochemistry
    Frontiers in Cell Signaling Frontiers in Chemical Biology
    Frontiers in Computer Science Frontiers in Energy Efficiency
    Frontiers in Fuels Frontiers in Lab on a Chip Technologies
    Frontiers in Medical Technology Frontiers in Medical Engineering
    Frontiers in Membrane Science and Technology
    Frontiers in Microbiology
    Frontiers in Plant Science Frontiers in Systems Biology
    Frontiers in Virtual Reality


  • Laurence Denmark Creative Director, Studio Miko
  • Sophie Ebbage Designer, Studio Miko
  • Martha Howlett Editor, Studio Miko
  • George Messer Designer, Studio Miko

Digital Production and Distribution

  • Sakshi Bhatnagar Digital Product Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Pooja Chhabria Digital Editor, World Economic Forum
  • Beatrice Di Caro, Social Media and Live Communications Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Kirsten Salyer, Head of Editorial Strategy and Thought Leadership, World Economic Forum


The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution would like to thank the members of the steering group who adjudicated the top 10 technologies and authored the articles in the report. Additional thanks to the other contributing academics – many from Frontiers’ network of scientific editors – and business leaders, from the Forum’s Innovator Communities, for their impact assessment of the top 10 technologies via the “impact fingerprint” surveys.

Steering group

| Co-Chairs

  • Mariette DiChristina Dean and Professor of the Practice in Journalism, Boston University College of Communication
  • Bernard S. Meyerson Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus, IBM

| Members

  • Enass Abo-Hamed Chief Executive Officer, H2 GO Power
  • Jeff Carbeck Vice-President, Corporate Innovation, Eastman
  • Rona Chandrawati Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
  • Liming Chen Chair of Greater China, World Economic Forum
  • Joseph Costantine Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, American University of Beirut
  • P. Murali Doraiswamy Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Sarah E. Fawcett Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • Olga Fink Professor of Intelligent Maintenance and Operations Systems, EPFL
  • Javier García Martínez Professor of Chemistry and Director, Molecular Nanotechnology Lab, University of Alicante
  • Daniel E. Hurtado Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Wendy Ju Associate Professor, Cornell Tech
  • Jeremy Jurgens Managing Director, World Economic Forum
  • Corinna Lathan Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer, AnthroTronix
  • Lee Sang-Yup Senior Vice-President for Research, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Geoffrey Ling Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Andrew Maynard Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, Arizona State University
  • Ruth Morgan Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship), Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London (UCL)
  • Elizabeth O’Day Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Olaris
  • Mine Orlu Professor of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences, UCL
  • Carlo Ratti Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Senseable City Lab
  • Barry Shoop Dean of Engineering, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Engineering
  • Landry Signe Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Wilfried Weber Scientific Director, Leibniz Institute for New Materials
  • Angela Ruohao Wu Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Xu Xun Director, BGI Research


  • Mark Billinghurst Professor, University of South Australia
  • Cristina Botella Full Professor, Universitat Jaume
  • Yohann Boutté Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • Kim Bullock Clinical Professor, Stanford
  • Mouloud Denai Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
  • Anirban Dutta Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, University of Lincoln
  • Issam El Naqa Chair and Senior Member, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Sanket Goel Professor, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  • Chenghong Gu Reader, University of Bath
  • Thomas Hartung Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul Hyman Professor of Biology, Ashland University
  • Xiuliang Jin Professor, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Kumaran Kannaiyan Associate Professor, Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • Farah Kidwai-Khan Senior Data Scientist, Yale
  • George Kouvas Chief Technology Officer, Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering
  • Oliver Kröcher Head of the Bioenergy and Catalysis Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut
  • Eungje Lee Staff Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Yongliang Qiao Research Fellow, The University of Adelaide
  • Deborah Richards Professor, Macquarie University
  • Stefano Rinaldi Associate Professor, Università degli Studi di Brescia
  • Dwayne Roach Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
  • Philippe Roux Professor, Université de Montréal
  • Yasir Saleem Lecturer in Computer Science, Aberystwyth University
  • Michael Short Professor, Teesside University
  • Lei Shu Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University
  • Mel Slater Distinguished Investigator, University of Barcelona
  • Lena Smirnova Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Daobilige Su Associate Professor, China Agricultural University
  • Vincent Quoc-Huy Trinh Clinical Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal
  • Julien Weissenberg Founder, Deep Tech Experts
  • Alicja Wegrzyn Professor, University of Gdansk
  • Yaolin Xu Researcher, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
  • Guo Zhao Associate Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University

Innovator Community members

  • Marissa Ruby Brock Senior Director, Policy and Government Affairs, Sourcemap
  • Jamie Burrows Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vertical Future
  • Isaac Castro Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Emerge
  • Jim Flatt Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Brightseed Bio
  • Adam Hildreth Founder, Crisp
  • Igor Jablokov Chief Executive Officer, Pryon
  • Bu Gi Kim Chief Executive Officer, Standard Energy
  • Sky Kurtz Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pure Harvest Smart Farms
  • Ben Lamm Chief Executive Officer, Colossal Biosciences
  • Kevin Lang Chief Executive Officer, Agerpoint
  • Maarten Michielssens Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EnergyVision
  • Tsuyoshi Stuart Oda Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alesca Life Technologies
  • Joe Paluska Chief Marketing Officer, One Concern
  • Joris Poort Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rescale
  • Felix Reinshagen Chief Executive Officer, NavVis
  • Umesh Sachdev Chief Executive Officer, Uniphore
  • Jimmy Samartzis Chief Executive Officer, LanzaJet
  • Ritwik Sinha Strategy Analyst, Our Next Energy (ONE)
  • Didier Toubia Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aleph Farms
  • Raj Verma Chief Executive Officer, SingleStore
  • Ellie Wood Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
  • Josef Zankowicz Vice-President Corporate Development, Canvass AI

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