In our deep tech series, we’ve covered the extended definition and featured companies who are rocking the deep tech industry. Welcome to the third and final segment in our deep tech series. Today we will be looking at the landscape of deep tech and the changes we may soon see.
Artificial intelligence that’s really, really intelligent
Artificial intelligence is nothing new, but deep tech companies are creating new ways to use it. One of those companies is DeepMind, which started out by creating a neural network modeled after the way a human brain functions. Its task? Playing video games. Don’t worry, we’ll justify how that benefits the greater good in a moment. DeepMind was purchased by Google in 2014, and two years later its software, AlphaGo, beat the world champion of the Chinese board game Go, Ke Jie.
The game changer with this technology, and what makes it deep tech, is that it gained its intelligence entirely from itself through self-play, “with no human intervention and using no historical data.” DeepMind’s AI used what’s called reinforcement learning, so AlphaGo was both the teacher and the student. This holds massive possibilities for almost every single sector in the world, especially those that place great emphasis on humanity – healthcare advances, for instance, and the possibility of genomics research, or cancer treatments, or vaccines,…the list goes on. And that’s just healthcare. Lest we forget the lessons of Terminator, this is the type of AI to get excited about.
Lilium Aviation is disrupting air transportation with its deep technology airplanes. These environmentally friendly vehicles take off and land vertically, making transportation much easier in close spaces and negating the need for a runway. They’re also lightweight and quiet, making “less noise than a motorbike”, so they won’t contribute to noise pollution.
Lilium has already started testing prototypes and has carried out successful flights in controlled conditions. It’s been dubbed an air taxi: customers would order a flight from their mobile device and the air taxi would pick them up at the nearest landing pad. And what’s more, air taxis are speedy: they can travel 70 kilometers (approximately 44 miles) in 15 minutes, beating cars and even some trains. Lilium Aviation writes on their website:
“Escaping the city after a hectic day is a desire most of us share. Lilium enables you to travel long distances much faster. The consequence: living in the countryside while working in the city is no longer a dream. Lilium increases your potential life radius by a factor of 5.”
The only additional information we’d like to have: where can we sign up?
The Future of Deep Tech
Modern technology forges ever ahead, and with it comes constant innovation. However, it is the type of innovation introduced by deep tech that thrusts the modern era into endless new possibilities and a better way of life. Keep an eye out for deep tech – true deep tech, that is – and watch it progress mankind at the speed of light or even faster, like the next deep tech innovation waiting around the corner.
Deep tech allows us all to be excited for the future of technology. We can look with wonder into the future together, because really who knows what will be next.