Gold will play a key role in future technologies

News Arnulf Hinkel, financial journalist – 15.06.2018

In the study "Gold 2048: The next 30 years for gold" recently published by the World Gold Council, Dr. Trevor Keel examined the development of technologies over the next decades and explained their ever growing importance in everyday life. Gold will play an increasingly important role because of its unique properties: the precious metal is extremely malleable, yet incredibly strong and durable. Also, gold has excellent biocompatibility and is not subject to decay processes of any kind. Moreover, measured by its significance, gold as a raw material is even relatively inexpensive when it comes to technology.

Flexibility and mobility

The "Internet of Things" has long since become reality. There are hardly any areas of our daily life in which smart, online-based technologies cannot offer improvements of some kind. However, what will significantly increase in the near future is the need for flexible would be hardly feasable without the flexibility of gold. Moreover, gold-based technologies make private and public transport safer and more efficient, as this will be possible only with the support of smart technology.

Environmental protection and health

In particular, the use of gold nanoparticles will make technologies significantly more efficient - and thus more eco-friendly - in the coming decades, as gold plays an important role in the conversion and transport of energy. Golden nanoparticles are already an important component of diagnostic technologies, e.g. in the fight against malaria in Africa and Asia. In the face of a constantly growing world population and higher life expectancy, smart diagnostic technologies are becoming increasingly important to ensure efficient medical care. Gold is also gaining importance in medical treatment: new gold-based antibiotics are currently being clinically tested, which might very well play a central role in the fight against infections in the coming decades.

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