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Critical technologies

what are Critical technologies?

Technologies considered critical are generally either of critical importance for a country today, or seen as likely to become of critical importance within 10 years.

Our latest round-ups of global critical technology news:
Critical technologies, globally, in March 2024
read our larger, quarterly critical tech news summaries.

When looking at these technologies, there are obviously accompanying considerations:

  • The economic importance of a technology as in, for instance, supply chain management and the impacts arising from disruption of a technology’s economic relevance;
  • Financial importance of a technology, whether in transmission or storage of financial information; and
  • Increasingly, the digital security component of a technology.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute Critical Technology Tracker provides a working, regularly updated list of emerging critical technologies, and deep-dives into which country/ies dominate in each technology, and the risks surrounding that domination for those nations that rely heavily on external supply chains for delivery and maintenance of those techs.

Critical technology tracker

Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Critical Technology Tracker

Critical technologies: Monthly
March 2024 round-up

Critical technologies news coverage in March of 2024 touched on headlines across issues and developments including:

Alibaba’s research unit announced upcoming release of server-grade RISC-V chips; North Korean hacks of South Korean semiconductor firms; Australian developments in the quantum computing arena; and discussion of a made-in-Taiwan satellite network, and the opportunity that presents for a global made-in-Taiwan critical technology.

Beyond Asia and the Indo-Pacific, we saw the UK and the EU partner on semiconductor manufacturing, Barcelona in Spain moved into RISC-V chips manufacturing, France’s national quantum technology strategy was rolled out, plans for lunar mining of a hydrogen isotope were announced, and many more.

March 2024: Critical technologies >

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Critical tech: Monthly Archives

Coverage of critical tech in multiple sectors, globally, is collected in our smaller, monthly round-ups.

Links below lead to monthly critical tech news summaries from H2 2023 to today, and gather globally significant developments in key technology sectors – articles, reports, downloads and commentary.

WEF Quantum Economy Blueprint

WEF Quantum Economy Blueprint – January 2024

Critical technologies, quarterly

In the first instance, it may be most useful to read news coverage of critical technologies in a quarterly format, to properly gain a grasp of the volume, and breadth, of these globally-important techs:

NBR: China's Emerging Capabilities

NBR: China’s Emerging Capabilities – cyber, space, autonomous systems

Asia tech quarterly - First quarter 2024

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