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One of the features I was happiest to start in World Link was Future Industries, where we looked at what might emerge as businesses from work at the edge of technology.

MIT’s Technology Review has prepared a feast of future industries in its January issue. The editors have chosen ten areas of technology “that will soon have a profound impact on the economy and on how we live and work”. Some of the areas already have lots of corporate activity; others are less trammelled. But the list makes fascinating reading.

The ten, in no particular order, are brain-machine interfaces, flexible transistors, data mining, digital rights management, biometrics, natural language processing, microphotonics, untangling code, robot design and microfluidics. Essential reading.

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