Avalanche of advancement
Disruption coming to an industry near you
There are no sanctuaries — disruption is coming, and it may cause 40% of companies listed on the S&P 500 to disappear
Technology is expected to disrupt everything in future, from mining, manufacturing, medicine and agriculture to auditing. The technology to disrupt today’s tech kings — the likes of Uber and Airbnb — already exists (it is called ethereum). The same is true for almost every industry, old and new. Already, neuroprosthetics, a field of biomedical engineering and neuroscience, has enabled people affected by paralysis to move their arms using the power of thought, with the assistance of prosthetics. In agriculture, the Robovator, a vision-based hoeing machine, can distinguish between crops and weeds and plough fields on that basis. And scientists are working on the development of 3D-printed organs, which could be delivered to remote areas by drones and implanted using robotics and artificial intelligence. At the Singularity University SA summit, held in Johannesburg last week, Divya Chander, a physician and neuroscientist at Stanford University, said: "Combine smartphones with artificial...