In January 2018, Wond were approached byImperial College London’s data science institute as we had completed previous data visualisation collaborations with a brief to create a visual infographic based on research of disruptive technology which was conceived and developed by Richard Watson.
We set about discussing in length the concepts behind the research with Richard and identifying the core components and storytelling he had envisioned visualising for the research. We decided the best format was to visualisethe research with a table showing a dashboard of 100 potentially disruptive technologies, which have been defined as new technologies capable of significant social, economic or political upheaval. Each of the 100 technologies has then been given an abbreviation based on the periodic table concept, followed by a very brief and hopefully self-explanatory description
By displaying the research in a table format based on an XY Axis with one axis (Y-Axis) ranks potential for disruption from high to low, while the other (X-Axis) is time ranked from sooner to later. Importantly, time relates to common usage or ubiquity, not initial invention. The 100 technologies (99 really) are divided into four groups. Horizon one technologies (green on the table) are new technologies that are happening right now.
Horizon two technologies (yellow) are probable near future technologies (10-20 years).
Horizon three technologies (red) are things that are likely to emerge in the more distant future (20 years plus). The outer edge of the table (grey) contains what has been termed Ghost Technologies. This is fringe thinking territory with some ideas bordering on complete lunacy. However, while each example is highly improbable, very few, if any, are totally impossible.