Feeds

Gov advisers pick six crucial techs for UK

If you're not on the list, you're not coming...

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

The Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister and First Ministers on medium to long-term science strategy, has chosen six technologies it reckons are crucial for the UK.

The Council looked for technologies that would reap a commercial or social reward in about five years' time.

The report picks six technology areas of particular interest: Carbon capture and storage; disaster mitigation technologies; low carbon distribution networks; medical devices; e-health and plastic electronics. Two of these technology areas, plastic electronics and e-health, are considered "high risk/high reward".

The committee also highlighted four other areas of interest: Bandwidth telecommunications; cell and tissure therapies; pervasive systems; and simulation and modelling. The group calls on the government not to channel funding into these areas but "provide additional resources and remove barriers that might otherwise impede progress".

The report is available as a pdf from here.

What do you think? Are these the most likely technologies for success within the next five years? Should the government help or stay well away? What technology should the government be backing? Let us know in Reader Comments below. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.