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Report tips 3 key techs to drive life changes

QUANTUM, artificial intelligence and innovative medicine could be the key technologies driving the future of innovation, according to a report released at the ongoing Pujiang Innovation Forum yesterday.

The “2020 Ideal City” report by Springer Nature and the Shanghai Institute for Science of Science surveyed 700-plus scientists across the world about technology trends in the next 15 years.

Genetic editing, hydrogen energy, COVID-19 vaccines and treatment, and smart transport and unmanned driving were also among the frontier technologies that could change our lives in the next five years.

From 2026 to 2030, scientists would focus on cutting-edge fields such as 6G networks, renewable green energy and personalized medical services. In the next 5 years, they may shift to space exploration, super materials and new generation nuclear power technology.

The report also showed that scientists from core cities in developed nations, such as New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, prefer to work in their home cities or rival cities. Emerging innovation hubs such as cities on the Chinese mainland were more favored by scientists from the rest of the world.

However, Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen are becoming increasingly popular.

Over the past five years, a migration of scientists has emerged between these three centers and cities in the US and Europe.

Five-year statistics showed that of scientists living in the US and Europe, 7.7 percent had moved from Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, and of scientists now living in these cities, 3.9 percent had moved from the US and Europe.

On the Chinese mainland, Shanghai was the first choice for 4.2 percent of the overseas scientists, followed by Beijing (3.6) and Shenzhen (2.2).

In the next 15 years, Shanghai will become one of the leading cities for research into quantum technology, 6G communication, innovative medicine, brain science and genetic engineering, according to scientists’ estimates.


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