Top 10 Emerging Technologies Government Should Know About

There are a number of emerging technologies that are shaping the future of how citizens interact with organizations and each other. As these technologies become embedded within their everyday experiences, they will begin to expect and create ways to use them to interact with their government.


  1. 1. Augmented/Virtual Reality 

    Augmented and virtual reality technologies, such as the Oculus Rift (below), will provide new ways for people to interact with one another and share experiences. 
  2. 2. Wearables

    Wearables, such as Google Glass, will provide new ways to receive information that's contextual to the end user based on their location, schedule, current activities, etc.
  3. 3. Internet of Things

    The Internet-of-Things will continue to grow by linking every object and appliance you own to the Internet for you to control and monitor from anywhere. Imagine interacting with every device in your house like a Nest thermostat. 
  4. 4. Big Data

    Big data will become more centered on the individual and quantified self, allowing users to have deeper understandings of their own personal data.
  5. 5. Gamification

    Gamification and persuasive technologies will be embedded in every user experience, providing for more engaging ways to get business done.
  6. 6. Predictive Technology

    Predictive technologies, such as Google Now, will become a normal way to find information at the moment you need it. The days of asking Siri questions will finally come to an end.
  7. 7. Artificial Intelligence 

    Machine learning algorithms will bring us closer to products and user experiences that understand and learn from each user.
  8. 8. Maker Movement

    Barriers of creation and experimentation will continue to fade as 3-D printing evolves to printing in liquid metal and conductive materials. One day you might be able to print a cell phone. 
  9. 9. Location Based Services / iBeacons

    More products and services will leverage a user's location, whether through GPS or Bluetooth (iBeacons), to deliver information  without pressing a button.
  10. 10. Sharing Economy

    Businesses will be built on sharing and crowdsourcing resources and services as a primary business model.