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One decade of Deeptechs.. ready for convergence

Updated: Mar 31

We have introduced the acronym B.E.N.C.H. for the deeptech

- Biotechnologies

- Electronics

- Nanotechnologies

- Computation

- Humanities


Looking at 10 years of technologies from MIT and the World Economic Forum.

The next decade 2020-2030 will see the convergence of technologies and an acceleration of deeptech innovation. To understand the coming technologies shift we can look at one decade of enabling technologies.

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Biotechnologies


Life science

  • Microneedles for Painless Injections and Tests

  • Whole-Genome Synthesis

  • Disordered Proteins as Drug Targets

  • Plasmonic materials

  • Electroceuticals

  • The Human Cell Atlas

  • DNA App Store

  • Organs-on-chips

  • Optogenetics

  • Systems Metabolic Engineering

  • Immune Engineering

  • Separating Chromosomes

  • Synthetic Cells

  • Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering

  • Egg Stem Cells

  • Nanopore Sequencing

  • Cancer Genomics


Healthcare

  • Messenger RNA vaccines

  • Virtual Patients

  • Digital Medicine

  • Hyper-personalized medicine

  • Anti-aging drugs

  • Predicting preemies

  • Gut probe in a pill

  • Custom cancer vaccines

  • An ECG on your wrist

  • Personalised medicine

  • Implantable drug-making cells

  • Gene drive

  • Artificial Embryos

  • Genetic Fortune-Telling

  • Liquid biopsies

  • Genomic vaccines

  • Reversing Paralysis

  • Gene Therapy 2.0

  • Precise genetic engineering techniques

  • Brain Organoids

  • Brain Mapping

  • Human Microbiome Therapeutics

  • RNA-based Therapeutics

  • Precise drug delivery through nanoscale engineering

  • Prenatal DNA Sequencing

  • Personalized medicine, nutrition and disease prevention


Food and Agriculture

  • Advanced Food Tracking and Packaging

  • The cow-free burger

  • Lab-grown meat

  • Precision farming

  • Precise Gene Editing in Plants

  • Agricultural Drones

  • Enhanced nutrition to drive health at the molecular level

  • Green Revolution 2.0 – technologies for increased food and biomass



Electronics & Nanotechnologies


City, Transportation & Space


Robotics and Materials



Computing


Digital and Computing



Humanities and others


Environment & Energy

  • Green hydrogen

  • Lithium-metal batteries

  • Green Hydrogen

  • Sun-Powered Chemistry

  • Lower-Carbon Cement

  • Utility-Scale Storage of Renewable Energy

  • Climate change attribution

  • Bioplastics for a Circular Economy

  • Smarter Fertilizers Can Reduce Environmental Contamination

  • Safer Nuclear Reactors

  • New-wave nuclear power

  • Carbon dioxide catcher

  • Sanitation without sewers

  • Zero-Carbon Natural Gas

  • Harvesting clean water from air

  • Liquid fuels from sunshine

  • Affordable catalysts for green vehicles

  • Hot Solar Cells

  • Next Generation Batteries

  • Power from the Air

  • Perovskite Solar Cells

  • Fuel cell vehicles

  • Recyclable thermoset plastics

  • Megascale Desalination

  • Supercharged Photosynthesis

  • Smart Wind and Solar Power

  • Grid-scale Electricity Storage

  • Energy-efficient water purification

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion and use

  • Organic electronics and photovoltaics

  • Fourth-generation reactors and nuclear-waste recycling

  • Ultra-Efficient Solar Power

  • Supergrids

  • Utilization of carbon dioxide as a resource

  • High energy density power systems

  • Solar Microgrids

  • Smart Transformers



Example of technologies convergence


Biotechnology and Computing

  • AI-discovered molecules

  • DNA Data Storage

  • AI-led molecular design

  • Internet of DNA

  • Digital genome

  • Systems biology and computational modelling/simulation of chemical and biological systems


Health and Electronics


Technology Decade Long List


MIT 2021

  1. Messenger RNA vaccines

  2. GPT-3

  3. TikTok recommendation algorithms

  4. Lithium-metal batteries

  5. Data trusts

  6. Green hydrogen

  7. Digital contact tracing

  8. Hyper-accurate positioning

  9. Remote everything

  10. Multi-skilled AI


WEF 2020

  1. Microneedles for Painless Injections and Tests

  2. Sun-Powered Chemistry

  3. Virtual Patients

  4. Spatial Computing

  5. Digital Medicine

  6. Electric Aviation

  7. Lower-Carbon Cement

  8. Quantum Sensing

  9. Green Hydrogen

  10. Whole-Genome Synthesis


MIT 2020

  1. Unhackable internet

  2. Hyper-personalized medicine

  3. Digital money

  4. Anti-aging drugs

  5. AI-discovered molecules

  6. Satellite mega-constellations

  7. Quantum supremacy

  8. Tiny AI

  9. Differential privacy

  10. Climate change attribution


WEF 2019

  1. Bioplastics for a Circular Economy

  2. Social Robots

  3. Tiny Lenses for Miniature Devices

  4. Disordered Proteins as Drug Targets

  5. Smarter Fertilizers Can Reduce Environmental Contamination

  6. Collaborative Telepresence

  7. Advanced Food Tracking and Packaging

  8. Safer Nuclear Reactors

  9. DNA Data Storage

  10. Utility-Scale Storage of Renewable Energy


MIT 2019

  1. Robot dexterity

  2. New-wave nuclear power

  3. Predicting preemies

  4. Gut probe in a pill

  5. Custom cancer vaccines

  6. The cow-free burger

  7. Carbon dioxide catcher

  8. An ECG on your wrist

  9. Sanitation without sewers

  10. Smooth-talking AI assistants


WEF 2018

  1. Augmented reality

  2. Personalised medicine

  3. AI-led molecular design

  4. More capable digital helpers

  5. Implantable drug-making cells

  6. Gene drive

  7. Algorithms for quantum computers

  8. Plasmonic materials

  9. Lab-grown meat

  10. Electroceuticals


MIT 2018

  1. 3-D Metal Printing

  2. Artificial Embryos

  3. Sensing City

  4. AI for Everybody

  5. Dueling Neural Networks

  6. Babel-Fish Earbuds

  7. Zero-Carbon Natural Gas

  8. Perfect Online Privacy

  9. Genetic Fortune-Telling

  10. Materials’ Quantum Leap


WEF 2017

  1. Liquid biopsies

  2. Harvesting clean water from air

  3. Deep learning for visual tasks

  4. Liquid fuels from sunshine

  5. The Human Cell Atlas

  6. Precision farming

  7. Affordable catalysts for green vehicles

  8. Genomic vaccines

  9. Sustainable design of communities

  10. Quantum computing


MIT 2017

  1. Reversing Paralysis

  2. Self-Driving Trucks

  3. Paying with Your Face

  4. Practical Quantum Computers

  5. The 360-Degree Selfie

  6. Hot Solar Cells

  7. Gene Therapy 2.0

  8. The Cell Atlas

  9. Botnets of Things

  10. Reinforcement Learning


WEF 2016

  1. Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings

  2. Next Generation Batteries

  3. The Blockchain

  4. 2D Materials

  5. Autonomous Vehicles

  6. Organs-on-chips

  7. Perovskite Solar Cells

  8. Open AI Ecosystem

  9. Optogenetics

  10. Systems Metabolic Engineering


MIT 2016

  1. Immune Engineering

  2. Precise Gene Editing in Plants

  3. Conversational Interfaces

  4. Reusable Rockets

  5. Robots That Teach Each Other

  6. DNA App Store

  7. SolarCity’s Gigafactory

  8. Slack

  9. Tesla Autopilot

  10. Power from the Air


WEF 2015

  1. Fuel cell vehicles

  2. Next-generation robotics

  3. Recyclable thermoset plastics

  4. Precise genetic engineering techniques

  5. Additive manufacturing

  6. Emergent artificial intelligence

  7. Distributed manufacturing

  8. ‘Sense and avoid’ drones

  9. Neuromorphic technology

  10. Digital genome


MIT 2015

  1. Magic Leap

  2. Nano-Architecture

  3. Car-to-Car Communication

  4. Project Loon

  5. Liquid Biopsy

  6. Megascale Desalination

  7. Apple Pay

  8. Brain Organoids

  9. Supercharged Photosynthesis

  10. Internet of DNA


WEF 2014

  1. Body-adapted Wearable Electronics

  2. Nanostructured Carbon Composites

  3. Mining Metals from Desalination Brine

  4. Grid-scale Electricity Storage

  5. Nanowire Lithium-ion Batteries

  6. Screenless Display

  7. Human Microbiome Therapeutics

  8. RNA-based Therapeutics

  9. Quantified Self (Predictive Analytics)

  10. Brain-computer Interfaces


MIT 2014

  1. Agricultural Drones

  2. Ultraprivate Smartphones

  3. Brain Mapping

  4. Neuromorphic Chips

  5. Genome Editing

  6. Microscale 3-D Printing

  7. Mobile Collaboration

  8. Oculus Rift

  9. Agile Robots

  10. Smart Wind and Solar Power


WEF 2013

  1. OnLine Electric Vehicles (OLEV)

  2. 3-D printing and remote manufacturing

  3. Self-healing materials

  4. Energy-efficient water purification

  5. Carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion and use

  6. Enhanced nutrition to drive health at the molecular level

  7. Remote sensing

  8. Precise drug delivery through nanoscale engineering

  9. Organic electronics and photovoltaics

  10. Fourth-generation reactors and nuclear-waste recycling


MIT 2013

  1. Smart Watches

  2. Ultra-Efficient Solar Power

  3. Memory Implants

  4. Prenatal DNA Sequencing

  5. Deep Learning

  6. Additive Manufacturing

  7. Big Data from Cheap Phones

  8. Temporary Social Media

  9. Supergrids

  10. Baxter: The Blue-Collar Robot


WEF 2012

  1. Informatics for adding value to information

  2. Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering

  3. Green Revolution 2.0 – technologies for increased food and biomass

  4. Nanoscale design of materials

  5. Systems biology and computational modelling/simulation of chemical and biological systems

  6. Utilization of carbon dioxide as a resource

  7. Wireless power

  8. High energy density power systems

  9. Personalized medicine, nutrition and disease prevention

  10. Enhanced education technology


MIT 2012

  1. Egg Stem Cells

  2. Ultra-Efficient Solar

  3. Light-Field Photography

  4. Solar Microgrids

  5. 3-D Transistors

  6. A Faster Fourier Transform

  7. Nanopore Sequencing

  8. Crowdfunding

  9. High-Speed Materials Discovery

  10. Facebook's Timeline


MIT 2011

  1. Social Indexing

  2. Smart Transformers

  3. Gestural Interfaces

  4. Cancer Genomics

  5. Solid-State Batteries

  6. Homomorphic Encryption

  7. Cloud Streaming

  8. Crash-Proof Code

  9. Separating Chromosomes

  10. Synthetic Cells


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