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Top Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Shape The Future

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Microbial carbon capture is emerging as a promising strategy to control atmospheric CO2 and mitigate global warming while simultaneously producing various products with significant market potential, such as fuels, fertilizers and animal feed. To achieve this, researchers are developing microorganisms –including bacteria and microalgae – that use sunlight or sustainable chemical energy to absorb and transform gases. Once this technology scales companies could generate new products for the market instead of paying between $50 and $100 per ton of CO2 to offset their emissions.

It is one of ten emerging technologies identified by the World Economic Forum in its annual report  featuring developments poised to have the greatest impact on societies and economies in the next three to five years. The report, which was released on June 25 during the Forum’s Annual Meeting of The New Champions, was compiled with the help of Frontiers, a publisher of peer-reviewed, open access, scientific journals, and the expertise of over 300 world-leading academics from the Forum’s Global Future Councils.

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Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.