Aug 17, 2022

Disruptive Technology: What is it?

Brandish Kollective


Technology has been changing the way we live, work, and play since, really, the beginning of humanity—when our ancestors began using tools to improve their productivity.

There has been a continuous evolution in the application of technology to help us achieve our goals more effectively. Today, we stand amongst the beginning of a new era, where humanity and technology are intrinsically linked. We believe technology has already transcended our human limitations and will usher in an age of unprecedented prosperity and progress.

What is “Disruptive Technology”?

The term “disruptive technology” was coined by Clayton Christensen in his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma. He defined it as a technological innovation that creates a new market and eventually disrupts an existing one.

Disruptive technologies are often initially inferior to established products or services but improve upon them rapidly and eventually even surpass.

Smartphones are a prime example of a disruptive technology. They were initially seen as inferior to traditional phones. That’s because they lacked many essential features at the time. Such as a physical keyboard and the ability to make calls without an internet connection. As time progressed, they quickly became more popular due to their superior convenience and functionality. Today, smartphones have all but replaced traditional phones and are used by billions of people around the world.

Challenges that Need to Be Addressed

Disruptive technology also brings with it significant challenges that must be addressed. For example, as artificial intelligence and robotics become more prevalent, the risk of mass unemployment increases. We must ensure that everyone has access to the education and training they need to stay relevant in the new economy.

Additionally, we must grapple with the ethical implications of such powerful technology. As well as making sure our focus is on sustaining technology.

As we strive to create a better future, it’s important to be mindful of the challenges posed by disruptive technology and even existing technology. Only then can we ensure that its benefits are maximized and the negative consequences are held to an absolute minimum.

We will dive into these challenges and more in a later blog post.

Improving The Quality of Life

The whole point of technology, generally speaking, is to improve the quality of life for humans and our planet. Disruptive technologies have the potential to improve our lives in myriad ways. This includes:

  • Helping solve problems more efficiently
  • Automation of repetitive tasks
  • More secure forms of finance and trade
  • Access to better healthcare
  • New sources of entertainment
  • And the list goes on

Disruptive technology can be both exciting and worrisome. It is important to be open-minded and embrace the change, while being cognizant of the challenges. Only by doing so can we hope to reap the full benefits of these transformative technologies.

Types of Disruptive Technologies

Here are some of the top Disruptive Technologies we think are going to have a major impact on the world:

  1. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
  2. Extended reality (including virtual and augmented reality)
  3. Blockchain
  4. Quantum computing
  5. The internet of things (IoT)
  6. Autonomous vehicles
  7. Next-generation genomics
  8. Advanced materials
  9. Renewable energy storage
  10. 3D Printing

These are among the few technologies that have the potential to transform industries, create new markets, and reshape our societies. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, we must embrace these technologies and harness their power to create a better future.

Here are a few others we are interested in, as well:

  • Drones
  • Cloud Computing
  • Social Media
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Synthetic biology & gene editing
  • Smart dust
  • Nanobots
  • Brain-computer interfaces

Final Thoughts

What are your thoughts on disruptive technology? What technologies do you think will have the biggest impact in the coming years? Let us know in the comments below!

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