Monday, December 5, 2022

The Top Ten Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World

It could be said that technology, particularly the internet and mobile tech has revolutionized the world in a very short amount of time. In fact, if one were to put nearly any country of today’s world back 20 years with the same technology, they would be seen as advanced beyond belief. Here, we will take a look at the ten most technologically advanced countries in the world, from computer science to medicine to engineering innovations.

10. Technologically Advanced Country: Russia

A scientist working at Russia's Belgorod National Research University
A scientist working at Russia’s Belgorod National Research University

Starting off as a technological hub nearly the same moment as the end of World War 2, most of the Russian Tech sector can trace their roots to the cold war. Likely better known in most circles for their raw material and military manufacturing industries, Russia has a long history of development in the medical, chemical and engineering sciences. Among the most notable of Russia’s scientific achievements is being the first country to put an artificial satellite in earth’s orbit, jump starting the international space race. Russia was also an innovator in regards to nuclear technology, being the first country to create the first nuclear power plants and reactors as sources of energy.

9. Technologically Advanced Country: Germany

As opposed to the big assembly lines of yesteryear, german engineers are seeing the big potential in small projects
As opposed to the big assembly lines of yesteryear, German engineers are seeing the big potential in small projects

Known for having engineers that border on perfectionists, Germany has always had a great reputation in mechanical engineering, physics and electrical work. One of the most popular and little credited innovations by Germany is the development of the MP3 file type, which until recent years was the main file format for audio. Being Europe’s top economy, Germany feeds a significant portion of its GDP into promoting scientific research, particularly into biomedical research, alternative energy technologies, and funding for high quality education to ensure that subsequent generations will have the same chance at innovation.

8. Technologically Advanced Country: Canada

A photo of the Canadian Hitchbot, which made its way hundreds of miles before being destroyed after crossing the United States border.
A photo of the Canadian Hitchbot, which made its way hundreds of miles before being destroyed after crossing the United States border.

Canada is the silent giant of the tech world. With such companies as Blackberry and Shopify that both allow for other companies to take full advantage of the tech revolution, Canada plays into their positive stereotype of helping others in any way possible. Montreal and Ontario in particular are seen as huge tech development hubs, while Vancouver BC has itself a growing tech sector that has seen significant growth as a result of the mobile tech boom. Alongside major investments in education, especially in computer science and engineering, Canada is poised to only rise on this list in the coming years.

7.Technologically Advanced Country: Estonia

A photo of one of the many Estonian Human Computer Interaction Labs
A photo of one of the many Estonian Human Computer Interaction Labs

The often overlooked country of Estonia has recently made great strides in moving out of the shadows of it’s USSR past. While the only big name achievement it has made in the international market has been the creation of Skype, both government and infrastructure sectors of Estonia have taken the tech revolution to heart. In fact, most of the government programs and systems are online, so if one needs a license to open a business, access to their birth records and the like, it usually takes mere fractions of the days or weeks that it takes to get such information from other governments. Estonians also take health information seriously, using the same chain-block system as Bitcoin to keep track of and secure health information of its citizens. With a heavy focus on education in software engineering and computer science, even in grade school, Estonia is a shining star among post-Bloc countries.

6. Technologically Advanced Country: South Korea

Samsung is one of the biggest tech names to come from South Korea
Samsung is one of the biggest tech names to come from South Korea

Famous for a dedication to E-Sports (particularly Starcaft II), South Korea easily secured a spot on this list. With among the most tech literate populations around, companies such as Hyundai and Samsung have a large pool to pull employees and innovators from. With one of the world’s premier electrical engineering universities in Seoul, one can expect that South Korea may well rise higher on this list as more start-ups pop up from this country.

5. Technologically Advanced Country: China

Increasingly advanced robotics is changing the face of Chinese manufacturing
Increasingly advanced robotics is changing the face of Chinese manufacturing

A common adage is that everything is made in China. While that may not be true, a fair amount of innovation and technology does originate from this country. While there is a common image, especially of China’s manufacturing sector, of heavily outdated technology causing unneeded risk to the common factory worker and pollution, China has for the past two decades worked to improve conditions in most of their bigger name facilities including state of the art robot assisted manufacturing of everything from trucks to iPod components.

4. Technologically Advanced Country: Israel

The Hermes UAV was developed in Israel and is sold worldwide.
The Hermes UAV was developed in Israel and is sold worldwide.

Home to the Google Maps rival Waze, Israel has much more innovation within its borders than navigation. Primarily known for their technological advancements in terms of military power (such as development of new drone models), Israel is also a hub for medical science development and even self driving cars. With Nobel Prize winners through many of the early 2000’s being Israeli chemists and biologists, there is a great reputation worldwide for the Israel Institute of Technology. There has also been a great dissemination of technology and knowledge, as MRI, CT, and Ultrasound scanners have all been developed in this country, allowing us to look at our own bodies in a whole new way.

3. Technologically Advanced Country: India

Banking and accounting software startups are becoming more popular in the Indian tech-sphere
Banking and accounting software startups are becoming more popular in the Indian tech-sphere

With Bangalore often referred to as the second Silicon Valley, and a long history of being the tech outsource destination of the world, India has long been considered a tech hub. While IT and Tech Support industries still are goliaths in terms of economic power, a new generation of Indian graduates seem to be leaning more towards innovation with a frequent focus on Mobile Development, E-commerce and revamping the automotive industry within the country. India also has a very ambitious space program, which in 2013 was the first Asian nation to reach Mars, and the first of any country to successfully do on on their first attempt.

2. Technologically Advanced Country: Japan

This robot was created for the express purpose of fighting another robot from America.
This robot was created for the express purpose of fighting another robot from America.

If there was a single city in the world that seemed to resemble to future, it would likely be Tokyo, Japan. With infrastructure such as train systems that use space age technology and entire sectors of the city seeming to be heavily influenced by knowledge of internet culture, Japan owns it’s identity as an advanced country. With Sony, Mitsubishi, Nintendo and Toyota all calling Japan home, this country also aims to help others out in advancing the state of technology in the world.

1.Technologically Advanced Country: United States

No, the last caption wasn't a joke, this is the American Mega Bot, shown at CES 2016. The big showdown is still to be announced.
No the last caption wasn’t a joke, this is the American Mega Bot shown at CES 2016. The big showdown is still to be announced.

Home to Silicon Valley, Google, and tech start-ups that appear at the rate of at least one hundred a day, the United States is the holy land of the technophile. While the infrastructure of the country itself is not as advanced as some other countries, the market for consumer and academic technologies has exploded over the past decade to allow for innovation in the private market, as well as on tight budgets. The fact that some of the biggest names in tech, such as Microsoft, started off as a garage project in the United States is no surprise; With traditional American can-do attitude and a bit of stubbornness, such projects secured the United States the title of most advanced.

Cody Carmichael
University graduate in Psychology, and health worker. On my off time I'm usually tinkering with tech or traveling to the ends of the globe.
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