Signals of the future recognized by artificial intelligence

Newswise – After releasing its report “Weak Signals in Future Technology” and its forecast report “Weak Signals in Future Technology” in Korean last year, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (President Kim Jaesoo, hereinafter KISTI) published “Emerging Weak Signals 2023 published Science and Technology and English report on weak signals in science and technology, whose future potential is being recognized with the help of artificial intelligence.

KISTI developed and published the insights into automated weak signal detection technology, which uses data and algorithms to detect early signs of a technology with potential for future growth over the past year. Weak Signals – Signals that contain information about the future, although their meaning in the present has yet to be seen, are an opportunity to explore technologies with potential for future growth.

In view of the intensifying global technological hegemony and economic recession, it is essential to recognize early signs of future technologies quickly and accurately in order to actively establish a national future strategy that accelerates technological innovations and ensures autonomy in future technologies.

In response to these demands of the time, KISTI has released the Emerging Weak Signals 2023 in Science and Technology report, presenting 439 weak signals in 24 science and technology fields detected with its independently developed automated weak signal detection technology became. This is a quantitative increase from the 391 weak signals detected last year.

Weak signal dynamics results are also presented in the same report, comparing and analyzing changes and trends between weak signals in this report and those previously detected. The specific data presented are newborn faint signals appearing for the first time, faint signals that have remained unchanged over a period of one year, and faint signals that were essentially the same but partially changed in content from the previous year. Research on the dynamics of weak signals will enable a more detailed understanding of the specific qualities of technologies with future potential and will facilitate the development of a strategy for future technologies.

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The automated weak signal detection technology developed by KISTI monitors global innovation trends such as accelerating digital transformation and changing technological and industrial ecosystems in real time, and presents information quickly and accurately to enable continuous horizon scanning※ to understand the future. It is hoped that the technology will provide digital insights to a wide range of companies conducting research into technological innovation.

※ Horizon Scanning

– A systematic method to identify early signs and trends in emerging technologies and social issues that could potentially become threats or opportunities with major impact in the future

– Usually expert discussions and qualitative analysis are used, but lately there are more and more attempts to use big data and AI analysis

– Horizon scanning is a necessary step in predicting the future and shaping policy, widely used in the EU, UK, US and OECD


– The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), a non-profit, government-funded institute to develop and support core scientific and technological information resources and knowledge infrastructure and create an open, shared data ecosystem, thereby contributing to the innovative growth of Korea and the quality of life of citizens.

Report title: Emerging Weak Signals 2023 in Science and Technology (KISTI Data Insight Report no.24)