October 17, 2019

TechCheck 2019. The Human Success Factor - Focus on Future Technologies

In 2019, the Council of the Future of the Bavarian Economy (Zukunftsrat der Bayerischen Wirtschaft) did an analysis of what future technologies would be important for Bavaria, where Bavaria and Germany stand relative to these trends and what developments are expected in the future as well as what to do to maximize these potentials. The result is that the changing relationship between men and machine is going to play an important role.

Future technology – Where we stand today

The recent vbw, TechCheck 2019 Humans-Success factor has shown that the Bavaria and German are well positioned, but there is still too much technological potential that has yet to be tapped. In total, only half of the future technologies have been able to fulfil previously held expectations. On the other hand, certain types of service robots, smart grids and various applications in biotechnology and nanotechnology have been slower than expected to gain acceptance.

The main importance of digital technologies

The study demonstrated the strength of the influence of digital technology on other key technologies. As a result, a strong competitive advantage is essential to maintaining a general competitive edge. In a global comparison, China, the US and Japan hold the most patents in the field of digitization. The US ranks 1st in terms of world-class patents, i.e. the top ten percent of patents based on market penetration and technological relevance. Germany ranks as number 5 and Bavaria in the 13th place. The study also highlights more special industries to determine Bavaria's profile. Bavaria takes an impressive 5th place in the global ranking for world-class patents in robotics, a category that is also led by the US. The Council of the Future of the Bavarian Economy has formulated recommendations for government, business and science based on the study's findings.

Changing relationship between Humans and technology

In its recommendations for action, the Council of the Future of the Bavarian Economy's emphasizes the importance of basing technological progress and innovation on humans and tailoring it to them. This applies to technical aspects, i.e. how human-machine interaction is designed, as well as how to integrate employees when introducing new tools and taking a mission-oriented approach to research and development based on relevant societal needs. In general, a positive view of technology needs to be conveyed, which is not only a prerequisite for future prosperity but also play a key role in addressing the major societal challenges of our time, such as climate change.

The Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy

The Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy was established in 2014 with the aim of identifying the framework conditions in business, science and politics that are necessary to encouraging innovation and translating that innovation into added value on the ground.

The Council sees itself as a driving force behind the effective advancement of Bavaria as a location for technology and innovation. Its members include representatives from Industry, science and the Bavarian State Government. The aim is to provide among others, small and medium-sized enterprises certain orientation regarding the developments they can expect to see in coming years. Each year the Council focuses on a different topic.


Dr. Christina Hans

Zukunftsrat der Bayerischen Wirtschaft

Christina Hans

Christine Völzow

Leiterin Abteilung Wirtschaftspolitik

Christine Völzow