What are the big emerging trends in technology?
Depends on where you live. Cloud computing and artificial intelligence will continue to be hot for Chinese consumers, but 3-D printing will be all the rage in Europe, technology executives say.
From bitcoin to the "Internet of Things," trend watchers are faced with a dizzying array of "disruptive" consumer technologies. The most indispensable consumer trend over the next three years, it turns out, depends on your region, according to a new study by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG, who surveyed top executives at technology firms in 17 countries in August and September on topics like cybersecurity, data and analytics and biometrics.
Fifteen percent of those surveyed thought health-care technology would be the most disruptive consumer technology in the United States over the next three years, while in Europe, 3-D printing topped the chart at 12 percent. Cloud computing and artificial intelligence each gained 15 percent of votes for the most disruptive technology in China, according to the 832 business leaders surveyed from start-ups, mid-size to large enterprises, venture capital firms and angel investors.