, Volume 62, Issue 1–4, pp 5–12 | Cite as

An Overview of Emerging Disruptive Technologies and Key Issues

  • Jim ThomasEmail author


The article provides an overview of emerging disruptive technologies. These technical innovations render existing technologies and social relations obsolete or radically altered, possibly driving harmful direct and indirect social, economic and ecological disruptions. Creating taxonomic order for technology innovations and being able to parse out their key features starts the path to governance. The article also shows that it is important to assess the agendas at play, enable clear horizon scanning and establish adequate Technology Assessment practices that can determine the significance of an innovation and the options and means to govern it.


Technology Assessment Fourth Industrial Revolution Conservation 3.0 Ecomodernism Technology Taxa 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group)Val DavidCanada

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