U.S. ‘game changers’ continue to lead tech innovation

Plate of vegetables and meat (© Barry Teshima/Air Protein)
Air Protein is developing air-based chicken, beef and seafood to feed a growing population and reduce environmental impacts. (© Barry Teshima/Air Protein)

U.S. innovators continue to develop technologies that improve people’s lives.

The World Economic Forum recently named 100 new technology pioneers. Almost half, 42, are from the United States. Their advances range from automobile safety to shipping to cybersecurity.

“This year’s class of technology pioneers are improving society and advancing their industries around the world,” Susan Nesbitt, head of the Geneva-based Forum’s Global Innovators Community, said in a June 16 statement. “These are the companies that think differently and stand out as potential game changers.”

Among the areas where new U.S. technology makes a difference:

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Metawave, of Palo Alto, California, uses AI to improve safety sensors in vehicles. San Francisco’s Brightseed Bio develops AI tools to discover phytonutrients, natural chemicals produced by plants, that benefit human health.

An environmentally sustainable future: Boston Metal, of Woburn, Massachusetts, works to produce steel without carbon emissions. Air Protein, of Pleasanton, California, makes meat using far fewer natural resources than conventional animal protein and plant-based alternatives.

Launched in 2000, the technology pioneer program highlights early-stage companies worldwide that are developing technologies poised to significantly impact business and society.