Research

Near-Future Lab

Together with leading advanced research institutions, corporate and government partners, we focus on near future applications of non-commercialised exponential technologies.

A global research partnership architecture hosted by the Yunus Centre @ AIT

Science, Technology and Innovation is likely to transform existing systems of production, management, social relationships, citizen well-being, consumer patterns, and governance. 

The Near Future Lab partners with leading advanced research institutions, corporate and governments that conduct primary research for next generation technologies that focus on specific technologies within sectors including, mobility, healthcare and caregiving, manufacturing, food, disaster prevention, decarbonization and energy, to generate unique data, theoretical outputs and potential applications.

The Near Future Lab conducts unique secondary research that provides evidence based scenarios to identify both, positive and negative social, environmental and economic impacts, potential SDG-aligned social business applications and inclusive finance models  to advise governance, policy and risk management.

The Near Future Lab also has the opportunity to ‘blend’ the research from different faculties and institutions to identify convergence synergies that integrate cross-technology properties and breaks silos.

Our focus is on disruptive technologies entering the market in 3-8 years.

How society embraces and adapts to the coming technological changes will determine the sustainability of our current economic and social models as well as whether we are able to meet the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Extending the concept of pro-poor technology

Yunus Social Business Centre

Yunus Centre

After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, Prof. Muhammad Yunus established the Yunus Centre in Dhaka Bangladesh to develop and accelerate the spread of pro poor social business models and technologies to address critical challenges.

In 2009, the first university based Yunus Center was established as a collaboration between Prof Yunus and the Asian Institute of Technology (YCA).

This academia based network now spans leading institutions across all continents, including MIT, HEC Paris, HEC Montreal, EPFL Lausanne, NUS Singapore, Renmin Beijing, and many more.

Near Future Lab - Elementor

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT is an international post-graduate research university established in 1959 as an inter-governmental body hosted by the Thai government. Recognised for its programs in engineering, advanced technologies, sustainable development, business management and environmental planning, AIT alumni work in the public and private sector throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world

AIT hosts the Yunus Centre, the first collaboration of its kind by Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus to promote ‘pro-poor technologies’ and enterprise solutions for sustainable development.

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