It’s no secret that the United States is a world technological leader. From Silicon Valley to the East Coast, American ingenuity and innovation have long been the envy of countries around the globe. But as other nations catch up – and in some cases surpass – the United States in certain vital technological areas, it’s worth considering which countries are leading the pack.
Here are five countries with robust and emerging tech industries that are worth watching:
There’s no doubt that China is a force to be reckoned with regarding technology. The country has the world’s largest population and is home to some of the biggest tech companies, including Huawei, Alibaba, and Tencent. China is investing heavily in artificial intelligence (AI) and plans to become the global leader in the field by 2030.
Like China, India is a populous country with a rapidly growing economy. And while the country doesn’t have quite as many large tech firms, it does have a burgeoning startup scene. India is also making significant strides in AI, with the government investing billions of dollars in the technology.
Japan is a world leader in many technological fields, including robotics and automotive manufacturing. The country is also home to several major tech companies, including Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp. In recent years, Japan has invested heavily in AI and established a ministry dedicated to technology.
4. South Korea
South Korea is another Asian country making waves in the tech world. The country is home to a number of large tech firms, including Samsung and LG, and is a world leader in the production of semiconductors. South Korea is also investing heavily in 5G technology and aims to have the world’s first nationwide 5G network up and running by 2020.
Though it’s a small country, Israel punches above its weight regarding technology. The country’s thriving startup scene is home to several major tech firms, including Microsoft, Google, and Intel. Israel is also a world leader in cybersecurity and has been dubbed the "startup nation" due to its high density of tech startups.
These are just a few countries with robust and emerging tech industries worth watching. As they continue to invest in and adopt new technologies, they are likely to have an increasingly significant impact on the world of technology.