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Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 3, 2020

Each Friday we will highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, for the first week of April in this post.

Driving factors of the next generation of automated inspection systems

In this blog, our research associate, Miraj Mainali, discusses different types of automated inspection systems (AIS) and identifies the key technological and market factors driving adoption.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 27, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines, and of course COVID-19. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight for the final week of March.

Natural Language Processing: AI's Untapped Innovation Tool

Topic modeling and NLP have the potential to accelerate the front end of innovation across many industries, but remain underutilized. NLP can improve processes including technology landscaping, competitive analysis, and weak signal detection.

What Are Digital Biomarkers?

Digital biomarkers, like any other data set or combination of data sets, have the potential to allow companies to personalize products to their clientele, streamline operations, and develop alternative revenue streams.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 20, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

Flexible Manufacturing Systems Combined with Industry 4.0 Can Further Progress Toward Mass Customization

Mass customization is the holy grail of modern manufacturing, as it requires companies to apply a higher level of automation and machine intelligence, also increasing costs and often slowing the production process.

How to Prepare Innovation Teams for a Coronavirus-Driven Downturn

The COVID-19 pandemic has already disrupted patterns of life and work across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. While measures to ensure the safety of staff are still the immediate worry for executives, they will quickly need to turn to thinking about how the business should respond.

What to expect from AI in 2020

The AI market continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. In 2019, more than $36 billion was invested into AI startups, and hundreds of AI companies were acquired. In this blog, we highlight six key trends in the AI landscape and propose what they mean for 2020.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 13, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

The Next Chapter: Four Storylines Driving the Energy Transition

This year, Lux Research introduces four new storylines driving the energy transition – Evolution of Energy Networks, Decarbonization of Industry, Optimal Use of Resources, and Future Energy for Mobility.

The Future of Seafood

Innovation is creating opportunities across the seafood supply chain. From the production of insect protein and SCP for feed to developments in cellular agriculture and GE fish, industry players must reassess conventional processes and products to cater to evolving industry and consumer demands.

Breaking the Barrier: 2035 Global Renewables Penetration

As the world’s energy production continues to trend toward decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization, it is no longer a question of if global renewables penetration will exceed 40% within the next 15 years but how fast and where these high penetrations will occur.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 6, 2020

Check out our weekly round-up of expert commentaries for the first week of March in this blog. This week's major headlines include news about the coronavirus, materials informatics, and ride-hailing.

The Business Case for Sustainability in the Chemical Industry in 2020 & Beyond

What factors will really force change in the chemicals industry, and what does that change look like? In this blog, we examine three possible drivers of change – carbon taxes, investor pressure, and supply chain pressure – and discuss their possible implications.

Developing a new healthcare business: Lessons from Walmart’s Care Accelerator

There is a mounting trend of companies outside of healthcare using digital innovations to develop new businesses in health. It is not an easy market to enter, but getting a piece of the $3.8 trillion U.S. healthcare market can be very lucrative for those who find success.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 28, 2020

Each week our analysts provide expert commentary on major tech industry news. This week's round-up highlights headlines from Tesla, Delta, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, and Best Buy.

Energy's Hottest Topics & Best Tech Start-Ups of 2019

We recently conducted an analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups across our energy research. In that analysis, we found that two energy-related topics made the top 10 for highest prevalence of positively rated companies – energy storage and upstream energy feedstocks.

Materials Informatics' Hottest Research Areas

Using publicly available data, we applied topic modeling algorithms to analyze what is hot in materials informatics and found that the data-driven, quantified results generated by topic modeling agree well with what our human-led research has indicated.

The Evolution of Connected Cars

As recently as the mid-2000s, the concept of a connected car was limited to maps and music. Now, as we begin a new decade, the market for hardware and software systems inside these connected vehicles is expected to reach $12.7 billion by 2030.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 21, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

Alternative Fuels: 2019 Year in Review

In this blog, we take a look back and provide a timeline of the most important developments that occurred in the alternative fuels space last year.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 14, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

How Tesla delivered enough Model 3s in Q4 2019

Tesla went through production hell in 2018, thanks to constant delays of the Model 3 shipments. Elon Musk admitted these delays were partly due to the company's overly deployed robotic assembly systems, among many other reasons. 

A Decade in Review: Innovation Lessons from Lux’s Top Emerging Tech Research

In the past 10 years at Lux, we’ve produced more than 800 reports. In this blog, we review what kind of story the topics of these reports tell about shifts in innovation.

Looking back on 10+ years of predictions

Our VP of Digital Products, Kevin See outlines successful Lux predictions from the past decade. From slow EV adoption to the hype surrounding graphene he's covering our insights that have stood the test of time.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 7, 2020

Our experts evaluate news and trends based on potential importance every week. They rank developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every Friday you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

3 Ways COVID-19 Will Not Be The Next Great Influenza

As typically happens in the face of a global pandemic, the Wuhan coronavirus is drawing comparisons to the Great Influenza of 1918. However, for the first time in human history, there are digital tools sufficiently advanced enough to support healthcare infrastructure in the face of pandemic disease.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 31, 2020

Expert insights on major tech industry news and trends involving sustainability, 3D-printing, robotics, the skin microbiome, & energy for mobility. Read our #LuxTake on the News every Friday to stay up to date on the week's headlines.

No Single Technology to Dominate the Future of Plastic Recycling

As the economics of plastic waste recycling are in continuous flux, with political and economic forces impacting the direction of the technologies, no single technology will take a commanding market lead in the long-term future. 

5 Major Digital Health Trends to Impact 2020

Looking back on the digital health and wellness industry in 2019, our experts, Nardev Ramanathan, Ph.D & Danielle Bradnan, saw five major industry trends that will continue to have impact into 2020. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 24, 2020

Our researchers evaluate news based on potential importance ranking developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every week you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

Can Innovation Stop a Global Pandemic?

There is an unfolding medical drama in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in which a previously unknown coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in the region. This leads us to ask the question: Can innovation stop this global pandemic? Let's look at some of the opportunities for tech to intervene.

Chemicals and Materials in the Spotlight at Davos

Chemical and materials firms have been throwing themselves into efforts to deal with plastic waste and build out recycling capacity, touting efforts to promote diversity, and signing on to statements about business promoting the interests of all stakeholders.

The Future of meat is... protein

Alternative protein investment, innovation momentum, & product sales are on the rise, but it’s still a difficult space for companies to navigate. Those wishing to maneuver in the alternative protein space need a thoughtful approach.