Table 2 Mining technologies of the future: response to the question ‘Which technologies will have the most impact on a 5-10 year horizon?’

From: Mining productivity and the fourth industrial revolution

Rank Technology % responding
1 HP satellite/drones/laser survey/imaging 97.4
2 Big data/predictive analytics 95.7
3 High powered computing/cloud 92.2
4 Internet of Things/connectivity 69.8
5 Operating technologies-IT integration 53.4
6 High precision guidance/control 53.4
7 Remote/teleremote control 50.0
8 Automation/robotics 35.3
9 Ore sorting/pre-concentration 28.4
10 Gaming type visualisation/software 25.0
  1. Source: Mining Magazine 2016