From AR-assisted surgery to smart soybean plants to fairer algorithms, these breakthroughs are shaping the future of multiple industries, in ways that will benefit us all.


It would be nearly impossible these days to find a sector in the economy that isn’t reinventing itself. As technology evolves at an ever-accelerating clip, companies big and small are turning to pioneering approaches in areas such as generative AI, Web3, and automation to create smarter, better, and (increasingly) more sustainable products and services. Yet, even in the crowded world of innovation, a number of brands stand out.

A panel of 22 Fast Company editors and writers selected this year’s 120 Next Big Things in Tech winners and honorable mentions. Including both corporate giants and under-the-radar startups, they span 21 categories, such as Energy and Sustainability, Security and Privacy, Social Good, and Transportation. Even those that are still making their way to the market have already shown tangible signs of success along the way. Ultimately, though, we were looking for efforts with the potential to grow even more significant over the next few years.

Whether it’s a new process for reducing food waste or a platform that automatically dubs movies in additional languages, each honoree reflects fresh thinking and cutting-edge technology in ways that impressed us. This might be the first time you’ve heard of many of them—but we’re betting it won’t be the last.


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