Innovation is becoming core in many industries, allowing companies not only to reduce costs thanks to automation (artificial intelligence, robotics), but also to come up with new products, enjoy higher pricing power (smart products) and to develop new business models (sharing economy).
This digital evolution has the potential to reshape markets faster than perhaps any force in history, with the spotlight being currently on the Internet of Things, virtual / augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, medical devices.
The Innovation theme gathers our top ideas among innovative technologies that are impacting current businesses and transforming the economy.
The investment universe is naturally composed of Tech, Biotech and MedTech players, it can also include more traditional companies whose business model shifts thanks to innovation.
We have reached the 3rd step of technological evolution ->
|The rate of technology adoption has materially accelerated over the years as costs have been going down and as technology has become more user (and developer) friendly.|
|Consumers now have an open mind when it comes to technology, with many of them being even eager to try new technologies.|
Innovation is not exclusive to consumer electronics and healthcare industries anymore.
In traditional industries, innovation emerges as a way to confront rising competition from. Low-cost countries and products and to drive growth.
The cloud and IoT are major breakthroughs.
|The self-lacing technology from the 1989 “Back To The Future 2” movie is now real. Smart apparel is on its way. As are smart home appliances. Consumer products companies will get a massive revenue boost thanks to the higher selling prices of smart products.|
The IoT will soon be at the crossroads of basically everything and will spark the advent of a smart, connected world allowing the remote monitoring of devices feeding Big Data and AI systems. In return, AI systems will make objects smarter.
Starting as a simple tracking solution, the IoT now allows to extract and record a variety of data (speed, temperature, pressure, humidity) from an unlimited number of items: from consumer and industrial products to basic materials, food and drugs.
The IoT will soon power smart homes, with digital assistants (Alexa) making the link between humans and machines.
Smart factories will be another major field of application.
Connecting every single object to the Internet. 80bn objects will be connected to the internet in 2020 vs 15bn today (Source: Idate Consulting).
Both Facebook and Apple are reportedly working on AR glasses and cameras.
The upcoming iPhone 8 is believed to be Apple’s first foray in AR, with a camera expected to allow depth sensing, picture manipulation and virtual effects on images.
Wide number of AR applications ranging from gaming to driving or shopping.
AR needs tech content, i.e. semiconductors for improved processing power, connectivity, power management and higher resolution displays and media content (video games, rich maps).
The auto industry is becoming the next battleground of tech giants, as illustrated by the recent acquisition of Mobileye by Intel.
The autonomous driving market is expected to reach $50-100bn in the medium term:
Many technologies are vying for the car of the future:
There are 3 main types of innovations:
R&D INVESTMENTS ARE STRONGER THAN EVER
In recent years, R&D spending has been growing at a 5% pace, well above global GDP growth around 3% suggesting that many innovative products are about to hit the market soon.
Unsurprisingly, artificial intelligence, robotics, data analysis and new medical technologies rank high in terms of R&D priorities.
Source: Bloomberg data, CapitalQdata, Strategy & Analysts
McKinsey Global Institute estimates the positive economic impact of technologies on global GDP ($80 trillion) in a range of 17%-41% by 2025.
Reducing by 50% the number of years for major economies to double in size by 2035.
Artificial Intelligence could double economic growth over the next 20 years in 12 developed economies (Accenture).
As the cost and complexity of technology keep going down, new players are coming from out of nowhere in many industries contributing to the global innovation effort as they come up with original ideas, products and business models… and putting continued pressure on the cost and complexity of technology.
After the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon), the newcomers to the Tech world are the NATU (Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla and Uber).