5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

April 10

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1.

GOOGLE’S WING DRONES APPROVED TO MAKE PUBLIC DELIVERIES IN AUSTRALIA

  • Approval comes after an 18 month trial and 3,000 deliveries.
  • Partnering with local businesses including coffee shops and pharmacies to deliver their products.
  • Drone deliveries could be worth as much as AU$30 to AU$40 million to businesses in the area.

2.

WALMART ANNOUNCES A NEW ADDITION TO ITS WORKFORCE: THOUSANDS OF ROBOTS 

  • Brings on board thousands of robots in nearly 5,000 of its 11,348 stores.
  • Robots will be scrubbing floors, scanning boxes, unloading trucks and tracking shelf inventory.
  • Gartner survey says that while 1.8 million jobs will be lost to software automation, 2.3 million will be created.

3.

IBM HELPED NASA FDL FIX A SATELLITE’S INSTRUMENT USING CUTTING-EDGE A.I.

  • One of the biggest challenges was to find the optimal A.I. framework and model for the problem.
  • Create a deep learning neural network which could predict the required data with greater than 97 percent accuracy.
  • IBM provided two IBM POWER9 servers equipped with Nvidia GPUs to accelerate the neural net training.

4.

KPMG SURVEY: 67% OF CORPORATES ARE NOT USING BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

  • Opinion of 450 respondents, some 60 percent of participants said they would be willing to adopt the technology.
  • PwC report…found that companies didn’t want to be left off the blockchain bandwagon.
  • General lack of understanding, and resources, is seemingly holding back adoption.

5.

GAMING WILL BE A KEY DIFFERENTIATOR IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

  • As more cars are built with features that enable them to drive themselves, it’ll free up consumers to do other activities inside the car.
  • Gaming is only one of a variety of entertainment options companies are exploring for use in AVs.
  • Expect more AV companies to form partnerships with name-brand gaming companies.