The Four Key Pillars of Deep Tech

Two weeks ago Holonomics, 1STi and Vai na Web launched the Deep Tech Network in Brazil. This was the culmination of two years of working together on our systemic vision of the next generation of technology ecosystems developed to enable businesses and organisations to develop highly-scalable and complex architectures, platforms and services which positively impact on people and planet.

Photo: Deep Tech Network

As well as announcing the network, we also luanched our Deep Tech Podcast and also our Deep Tech Manifesto:

The seven principles of the Deep Tech manifesto are:

  1. The purpose of Deep Tech is to use deep thinking to find deep solutions to complex problems;
  2. Deep Tech combines analytical thinking and artistic consciousness;
  3. Deep Tech creates augmented intelligence, the combination of artificial intelligence with conscious human endeavours;
  4. Privacy and ethics are core elements of Deep Tech algorithms;
  5. Deep Tech is developed by talented people who come from a rich diversity of backgrounds;
  6. The values of Deep Tech are the five universal human values of peace, truth, love, righteousness and non-violence;
  7. Deep Tech helps us to explore our world and ourselves in ever more meaningful ways, honouring what it is to be human in our world.

Our launch generated a lot of interest both here in Brazil and around the world, especially as the foundation of our ecosystem was built by weaving together a number of different perspectives, ways of working, advanced technologies, universal human values and the holonomics approach, none of which I have seen integrated in the manner in which we have developed the network.

Our conception of the Deep Tech Network started with our way of thinking about whole systems. We have a dynamic way of conceiving ‘wholeness’ in which the whole is seen as coming to presence through the parts. The whole is not the sum of the parts, and neither is the whole greater than the sum of the parts. And neither is the whole is an entity which acts as some kind of super-part, meaning that it cannot be imposed on the parts. An authentic wholeness of our network can only be encountered through the way in which it is expressed through each part.

But how can we think about the parts of the ecosystem? The ecosystem has parts in relation to the member organisations – 1STi, Holonomics, Vai na Web, and also some of the major deep tech platform projects we are launching, which themseleves will evolve into startups and individual initiatives. In order to understand these parts systemically, we need to focus on the qualities of their interconnections, as shown in the dialgram below:

We can therefore see that there are other types of ‘parts’  which we refer to as the four qualities, i.e. Deep Tech, Deep Thinking, Deep Talent and Deep Collaboration.

Deep Thinking — we need to understand mindset at the deepest level — a recognition of the need to expand our consciousness, maintain contradictory positions concurrently, and install universal human values. Deep Thinking provides the philosophical foundations of deep tech – the ethics, ways of seeing, creativity and systems thinking, while also contributing to the academic development and teaching of deeply talented people.

Deep Tech — our current approaches to exponential growth have not solved our most complex problems. We need to shift from advanced tech to deep tech. It is fundamentally based on co-operation, and for that it is developing new ways to collaborate, and the tools and platforms to do so.

Deep Collaboration — it is no longer about having the best platform, it is about evolution through integrating both machine and human intelligence in the search for wisdom. Our ecosystem is now developing advanced platforms in a number of different areas such as education, health, culture and human values which are designed to be accessible, democratic and impactful.  The Deep Collaboration tools we are developing are designed to be accessible to everyone, meaning people who are deeply talented from any background can fully participate and contribute to the movement.

Deep Talent — our most talented people are not always found in the most obvious or traditional locations and institutions. Solutions to complex problems demand diversity in thinking, backgrounds, framing, cultures and knowledge. For this reason, through initiatives such as Vai na Web, our ecosystem is able to solve the problem of the tech skills shortage for many organisations who now realise that they rapidly need to accelerate their digital projects in as cost-effective manner as possible. And this way of thinking about Deep Talent teaches organisations new ways to collaborate, providing new voices with fresh perspectives, in order to be able to create systemic solutions to our challenges.

Photo: Vai na Web

We see our ecosystem as a living system. Within it there are many different people with different identities through this diversity we gain strength. This strength emerges as a result of our values, relationships and structure. These are fixed and allows the ecosystem to maintain a stable identity over time. But at the same time meaning, creativity and activities all flow, giving the ecosystem its sense of being alive.

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Over the coming weeks I will be talking more about deep thinking, deep tech, deep collaboration and deep talent as we shift from launching our ecosystem to launching an discussing the many projects within the ecosystem we are developing which are designed to help us make a shift out of our present predicaments and challenges and into the new era which is currently emerging out of the crisis and structural issues our global economy and societies are now experiencing.

If you are interested in finding out more about our initiatives, please visit (Portuguese), and And to stay in touch, please be sure to follow our various Instagram pages:

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4 responses to “The Four Key Pillars of Deep Tech

    • Hi Nick, as you can imagine, I have read this article and also many others like it. I have many years of experience in the tech industry, having been the co-founder of Genie Internet, one of the UK’s first startups in the 1990s, and these issues are not new. What is new I feel is that there is now much greater awareness of this side of technology which previously had remained more secret. We launched our manifesto to help people understand the difference between our definition of deep tech, and ‘advanced tech’. We believe that there is a very major difference, especially in deep tech’s ability to articulate the five universal human values of peace, truth, love, righteousness and non-violence. When these values are absent in the development of advanced technology, we end up with uses and abuses which benefit just the very few.

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