Executive Summary

Technology can provide the means to create a sustainable, secure, and superior world. It can help us finish the job of providing inclusion for all in finance, education, healthcare, housing, and dignified work across an increasingly technology enabled world.

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World Events Threatening Transition Course

A cascade of successive global disruptions is diverting leaders’ attention and resources away from longer term systemic priorities for the world as global civilization shifts from the Industrial to the Information Age. Unlocking the benefits that this new age requires managing the world’s current security and sustainability challenges as a critical part of this transition.

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Technology as the Critical Change Agent

Technology is perhaps the primary catalyst for human progress, and therefore is crucial in delivering a secure, sustainable, and superior future for the world is a critical one. The innovation and deployment of technology is not only critical for determining what the future looks like, but is also critical for managing the transition, impacting the shape and length of the path the world takes to get there.

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Key Technologies for a Sustainable, Secure, and Superior Future

The transition to the future is being driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its integration of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, powered by a set of 19 digital and digitally enabled technologies. Global tech companies are increasingly positioning to drive breakthroughs in and to lead these technologies in the future.

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Technology’s Strategic Role in Geopolitical Power

The 19 core technologies have emerged as fields of geopolitical competition between countries and power blocs, and their control is increasingly seen as a key strategic asset for nation states. The world’s major power blocs are prioritizing technologies accordingly, leveraging their innovation capacity, domestic economies, and their capital to build global leadership positions.

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Urgent High Impact Solutions for the UN SDGs

The long-term transition to a superior future requires the shorter-term delivery of global scaled security and sustainability, as encapsulated by the SDGs. Meeting the goals will likely require the deployment and scaling of a series of mature technology solutions, rather than relying on breakthroughs in emerging technologies.

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Conclusion: Shaping the Future

The civilizational shift to the Information Age is inevitable, but the building of a superior future requires levelling up the the world, particularly the Global South, so that the benefits of progress can be shared more equitably. This will require the world to both solve for the SDGs in the short-term while continuing to drive breakthroughs in new a generation of technologies that can transform the world in the long term.

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Appendices: Companies, Notes, Methodologies

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2024 Report: Technology Driving the Transition to a Superior Future

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