We call them the “Essential Eight”—the next generation of digital technologies that are poised to disrupt industries from manufacturing and retail to health and financial services. Augmented reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, the internet of things, robotics, virtual reality, and 3-D printing receive, process, and generate information in a way that is already transforming the way we live, work, and play. While individual business strategies for applying these technologies vary, every company should understand and consider the impact they will have.

To help you get up to speed on each technology and stay on top of the latest trends, we’ve created curated Briefings of must-read content.

Briefing: Robotic process automation

It won’t talk to you, and it won’t drive your car. But automating simple tasks through RPA can provide real ROI.

Briefing: Drones

Drones aren’t swarming the skies everywhere—yet. But interest in their potential for aerial data collection and monitoring is growing.

Briefing: Virtual reality

Beyond gaming: see how VR can transform a host of industries—and business operations.

Briefing: Blockchain

The technology underlying bitcoin promises to secure and simplify transactions and networks in every industry.

Briefing: Robotics

From hospitality and manufacturing to agriculture and mining, robots won’t just replace humans; they will also work alongside them.

Briefing: 3-D printing

Get up to speed on the latest trends and developments, including interviews with innovators and an infographic.


Chris Curran

Principal and Chief Technologist, PwC US Tel: +1 (214) 754 5055 Email

Vicki Huff Eckert

Global New Business & Innovation Leader Tel: +1 (650) 387 4956 Email

Pierre-Alain Sur

US Technology Industry Leader Tel: +1 (646) 471 6973 Email