With each passing year, it becomes more difficult to detach our digital from our physical worlds. From work life to home life, it’s no secret that technology is transforming the way we live. The year 2022 will be no different, which may leave many investors asking, what’s next in tech?
The rise of 5G is allowing everything from self-driving cars to remote robotics surgeries to become a more reliable reality. Computing power is only getting stronger as costs continue to decline, lowering the barrier to entry. The pandemic has massively accelerated e-commerce adoption and has introduced innovation in healthcare in record-breaking time.
We believe that with all this technological transformation comes incredible investment opportunity. For those looking to tap into the top technology trends of 2022, ROBO Global ETFs can provide diversified investment exposure to today’s most important developments. Exposure to healthcare innovation? Consider the HTEC ETF. Investing in robotics and automation? Take a look at the ROBO ETF. Blown away by AI? The THNQ ETF may be for you.
Let’s take a deeper dive into 2022’s trends in AI, robotics, and health tech that will drive potential growth for investors today and tomorrow.
2022 TRENDS IN AI FOR INVESTORS
A MAJOR INITIATIVE FOR INCREASED DATA PRIVACY
We’ve all heard about data, but what about synthetic data? Synthetic data will reduce personal customer data collection, avoid privacy violation sanctions, and ultimately result in better privacy. As synthetic data, generated using AI techniques, grows in popularity, it can serve as a proxy for real data, reducing or eliminating the risks of exposing private consumer information or sensitive data.
Because synthetic data is not real data, it lessens regulatory concerns and can provide more precise insights, as AI can better model often unpredictable customer behavior. Synthetic data can be used to train and test AI models to handle unplanned disruptions, unexpected events, and scenario planning—ultimately creating a more resilient organization.
I believe that contactless service is the most important trend in artificial intelligence in 2022. From the pandemic, certain important lessons have been learned, such as contactless purchasing, working from remote locations, and social distancing, among others. As a result, the year’s view of AI-powered technology will favor contact-free experiences. For example, some stores may let customers do their shopping using self-shopping techniques, such as virtual-trail work, scanning, and price-tag checking. Optical-character recognition devices can be used to make direct payments. Document scanners can collect guests’ information without the need for document exchange or physical interaction.
HYBRID WORK STYLES ARE HERE TO STAY
Many corporate teams will be without a boss due to the agile and hybrid nature of work. The pandemic has driven an increased need for organizational resilience, driving more embedded agility within businesses. Agility requires an environment of trust that doesn’t lend itself to traditional hierarchies. The increase in hybrid workforces reveals that a large portion of managers lack the skill set necessary to manage employees in remote or hybrid situations.
If you run a company with employees located around the globe, cloud technology is a great way to make applications available to your employees that enable them to collaborate and be productive. Beyond cloud technology, allowing for hybrid work styles requires rethinking connectivity—all driven by computing power and data storage.
2022 TRENDS IN ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION FOR INVESTORS
HEAVY FOCUSES ON AUTOMATION
A critical focus in 2022 will be on automation. Like the shift from labor arbitrage to effective production using automation in the industrial space, technologies such as robotic process automation, natural language processing, and intelligent document processing will continue to reduce dependence on human labor for subjective tasks.
Picture a factory of the future with robots working side by side with humans to help streamline hard labor and tedious tasks. As robots become more intelligent, so will the industries in which they are used, such as manufacturing and distribution. Assembly lines will be supported by industrial robotics and automated solutions, and smart factories will become ubiquitous. Robotic solutions in factories will allow faster production times, reduce user error, and produce more time for humans to spend on the things that matter most.
2022 TRENDS IN HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY FOR INVESTORS
DIGITIZATION OF HEALTHCARE
Healthcare has been forever transformed by digital technologies. Smart healthcare is delivering more cost-effective patient-centered care. Advanced cognitive technologies have improved the productivity, speed, and compliance of core processes. Data is the new healthcare currency with AI unlocking value in healthcare. The life sciences and healthcare industries have traditionally been slow to use data and analytics, due to multiple disconnected systems, poor data quality, and patient and provider behaviors that have been difficult to change. However, we are now at a tipping point in advanced technology adoption, moving toward an outcomes-based, patient-centric care model.
PRECISION THERAPIES WILL IMPROVE HEALTHCARE OUTCOMES
Exponential advances in precision therapies are improving outcomes. For the past decade, most life sciences and healthcare companies have highlighted that a risk-averse approach to regulation has impeded the adoption of innovation. The evidence today and predictions for tomorrow show that this is changing. New entrants are disrupting healthcare, creating a vision of the future that will allow more targeted and customized care for patients.
Ready or not, technology will continue to disrupt our world. ROBO Global provides investors with simple access to complex themes like robotics, AI, and healthcare tech. Whether you’re interested in introducing exposure to robotics and automation (ROBO), AI (THNQ), or healthcare tech (HTEC) into your portfolio, we take investing in innovation seriously. The time may be now to consider tapping into these fascinating technology trends.
This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results. This information should not be relied upon by the reader as research or investment advice regarding the funds or any security in particular.