Each year we research prominent areas of advancement in technology, some of which are continually ongoing (and have been previously referenced). Being a big proponent of personalised medicine and the use of new technologies in healthcare already we have not included this on-going trend.
Here we share Delta2020's tech annual themes for 2022:
1. Generative artificial intelligence (GAN) – 'whatever you can do AI ‘GAN’ do better!'
GAN uses unsupervised learning algorithms to generate creative content such as audio, video, and digital images in addition to text and code. Analysts predict rapid adoption with less than 1% of the target audience being met. Furthermore, Gartner believe generative AI will be used for fraud, forgery, scams, and political disinformation, expecting it to account for 10% of all data produced by 2025 (as referenced in the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies – see opening image).
2. Total Experience (TX) and interconnectivity – 'a seamless connection'
Total experience combines superior shared experiences by bringing together four disciplines:
• Multi Experience (MX)
• Customer Experience (CX)
• Employee Experience (EX)
• User Experience (UX)
By 2024, Gartner predict that organizations providing a total experience will outperform competitors by 25% in satisfaction metrics for both CX and EX.
Fundamental technologies such as multi-core (two or more CPUs working together on the same chip) will provide higher performances at lower energy consumption rates improving interconnectivity quality along with Silicon photonics that will address bandwidth, latency, and energy challenges in the fabric of high-end systems.
Angel deal analysis
Bookended by Covid-19 restrictions, I invested in seven angel rounds this year (2 new deals and 5 follow-ons) in comparison with 2020 comprising of eight rounds (5 new and 3 follow-ons).
Of this year’s investment rounds, three were in software, three in healthcare and one in sustainable materials. Five of these deals were led by Angels, and two by VCs. One of my portfolio companies completed a Series B, another a Series A, one exited and another became a ‘Soonicorn’.
Here I share my top twelve book list read during 2021:
1. Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies turn the tables on Digital Disruptors
– Todd Hewlin
2. Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance and Strategy
– Amrit, Tiwana
3. Exponential: How to Bridge the Gap between Technology and Society
– Azeem Azhar
Whilst on virtual work experience Angus MacKenna, Year 12 student from The Leys School, Cambridge chose to research his topic of passion, being SPACE.
Space travel has existed for over 60 years now, and as we develop more efficient and enhanced technology, our capabilities grow. What started off as a concept has now become an accepted reality. However, the next step of affordable commercial space travel is still a long way away, with the spare seat on Jeff Bezos’ ‘Blue Origin’ having gone for $28 million, a price very few can pay. Yet, if it were affordable, would it be acceptable in its current state?
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on multiple aspects of everyday life. Nayat Menon, a Yr 11 student from Saint Olave’s Grammar School, chose to explore the changes to these various aspects and the influence they will have on us even post-pandemic.
23rd March 2020 will be etched in history books as the day the UK put its shutters down after the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown. Nearly everyone believed that the restrictions would last just a few weeks and then we would be back to our normal lives. Little did we know, this was not going to be the case. Over a year later, Covid-19 continues to be prevalent as a global pandemic, which has likely impacted every human being in some way or another.
During the Delta2020 work experience program, Year 11 student Adithya Arun from Comberton Village College explored how bananas can be used for batteries and the furnishing for the interiors of cars, and how wind turbines can be used as the main source of energy to power cars instead of charging them at charging stations, along with some other methods of generating electricity.
The whole world is talking about electric cars being the cars of the future, but there are two major problems. Range, and battery disposal. These two problems can both be solved by using just two of the great things that nature provides us with. I’m talking about bananas and wind.
Technology in medicine is constantly evolving, and the revolutionary tech of 3D printing has caught Amelie Martin’s interest, a Year 11 student from Comberton Village College, whilst on her virtual work experience placement.
Today, our conventional manufacturing technologies are too expensive, inflexible and slow for medical applications and aren’t compatible with biological materials.
3D printing is set to revolutionise the industry, bringing fast, customisable, and cost-effective manufacturing into medicine, and has already been predicted to be worth £2.5 billion by 2025.
Over the last decade Delta2020 has supported the local Schools by offering Work Experience Placements during the Summer months primarily for Year11 Students who have shown an interest in the STEM subjects.
Due to COVID implications last year, the program was moved online and held virtually.
This offered a new dynamic to the program and enabled it to be extended to students further afield.
Delta2020 is keen to run its signature program again and offer the opportunity to Year 11 students nationwide for one week in July.
Date and Duration
w/c 5th July 2021 (Mon-Fri 9:30am start, between 5-7hrs p/day).
The program would suit students who have a keen interest in the STEM subjects at School:
In 2020 the COVID pandemic changed the world’s behaviour causing significant disruption to many aspects of life that we mistakenly took for granted.
The “global tech food chain” was significantly disrupted and national Governments have been forced to understand the need for greater national resilience. The adoption of new technologies accelerated rapidly led by healthcare, education and ecommerce.