the rate of diffusion (spread of “new mentions”), and the potential impact (breadth and depth of mentions—how many cultures, disciplines, and languages?).

Resource Allocation and Reporting

Once a potential disruptive technology has been identified, key decision makers will want an assessment of the likelihood of the disruption, its probable impact, factors that could accelerate the disruption, and factors that could inhibit it. Further, they will also want to know key interdependencies or fragilities in the set of events that could lead to a disruption. This information should provide the decision makers with the information that they require to allocate resources that will shape the impact of the disruption when it does occur. Further, decision makers will need to be periodically updated on the status of potential disruptions. Therefore, operators of the persistent forecasting system should create a disruptive technology assessment report for each new potential disruption identified, in addition to regular updates.

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