This is the focus of new foresighting work commissioned by AgriFutures Australia and developed by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). ‘Horizon Scan’ is a four-part series, highlighting a range of futuristic technologies, trends and innovations, each with the potential to transform rural industries.
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey said the scans seek out high-impact technologies overseas and in other sectors of the Australian economy with the potential to translate to the agricultural context.
“Some technologies identified have obvious applications, others need a little more imagination. For example, the scans identified moisture harvesting, metamaterials, personal analytics, solar retransmission and human-machine interface as potentially impactful emerging technologies,” said Mr Harvey.
“We want businesses and researchers to look to other sectors to understand their use of technology and use the scans to start a conversation. If we are to compete on the world stage, we need to open our eyes to what is possible and embrace these opportunities.”
QUT have developed the novel foresight methodology for identifying and decontextualising emerging technologies, led by QUT Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Dr Grant Hamilton.