Thanks to semiconductor and digital technologies, the COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out in less than a year. This was an astonishing accomplishment, given that regular vaccines typically take a decade to develop. But what about our other significant global challenges such as the climate crisis, air pollution, global health issues, food shortage, to name a few?
The United Nations have labeled the 2020s as the decade of action. It will be the decade of unlocking the power of deep-tech to tackle the tremendous challenges our world is facing. Over the last two centuries, we’ve experienced several disruptive innovation waves. Those waves built upon each other rather than replaced each other.
Today, we are in the fifth or deep-tech wave. It, too, is building on the breakthroughs from electronics and digital waves. It combines both hardware and software innovations and the power of digital with the power of other science and engineering areas. Deep-tech innovations will contribute to solving major societal and environmental challenges. (Image Source: Imec Tech Forum (ITF))