Key technologies

A key technology is a technology characterised by a wide scope or range in innovations and sectors. Complex software platforms are increasingly at the heart of new business models. At the same time, digital technologies are rapidly renewing themselves. There are few technologies that develop as fast as big data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and wireless communication (5G). Key technologies offer opportunities to solve societal challenges. These technologies have an impact on the way we live, learn and innovate. They are essential in solving societal challenges and/or make a major potential contribution to the economy, through the emergence of new activity and new markets.

Big Data

Big Data is a widely applicable tool with an impact on all sectors within our society. Organizations are acquiring ever-increasing amounts of data from their own processes. These data are collected, stored and exchanged, both inside and outside the organization in question

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Blockchain focuses on collaboration in chains of parties that need each other; there is a interdependence between technology, use and application of blockchain. A well-known application of blockchain for sustainability is in the mutual checkout in a microgrid.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will strongly determine our future prosperity and well-being. Due to its generic character, AI will have an impact on all business sectors, our private lives and society. The Netherlands must therefore build and maintain a strong and distinctive position in both the development and application of AI.

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Cyber Security

In order to strengthen the cybersecurity of businesses, citizens and governments in the long term, we are creating a multi-year knowledge development programme.

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5G is a new high-quality and very fast ICT infrastructure, which is still in full development. It enables new wireless services for economic and societal challenges.

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