Technologies ranked by importance in 2021, as of 2018

The statistic reveals the technologies believed to be most important by the year 2021, according to a survey of the research and development community worldwide in 2018. That year, 27 percent of respondents believed that big data would be one of the most important technologies worldwide by 2021.

Ranking of technologies by expected importance worldwide in 2021, as of 2018

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

June to September, 2018

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R&D Magazine readers and members of global R&D community

Supplementary notes

Multiple answers were possible.
Original question: "What will be the most important technologies by 2021?"

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