New and emerging technologies: A horizon scan

Publication | 30 July 2022

In short

This report describes in detail the 16 technology families that emerged from TechEthos’ horizon scan of technologies with significant socio-economic impact and ethical dimensions expected to be developed and deployed in the next five to ten years.

Specific technologies were grouped and clustered into broader families based on their functions, applications, ethical and societal challenges addressed. Dedicated factsheets present the functions and capabilities, industrial sectors, specific technologies and their areas of application, time to market, key ethical issues and expected socio-economic impacts for each technology family.

The impact assessment leading to the choice of these technologies and the final selection of the technology portfolio are the focus of two other TechEthos reports, the first of which can be accessed via this link.


Andrea Porcari, Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale (Airi), Daniela Pimponi, Airi, Gustavo Gonzalez, Airi, Giuliano Buceti, Airi, Eva Buchinger, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Manuela Kienegger, AIT, Michael Bernstein, AIT, Georg Zahradnik, AIT

Date of publication

31 July 2021


Deliverable accepted by the European Commission

Cite this resource

Porcari, A., Pimponi, D., Gonzalez, G., Buceti, G., Buchinger, E., Kienegger, M., Bernstein, M., Zahradnik, G. (2021). Description of selected high socio-economic impact technologies. Deliverable 1.1 for the European Commission. TechEthos Project Deliverable. Available at:


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