5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

April 12

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1.

ROBOT DELIVERIES WILL CHANGE THE WAY CONSUMERS SHOP

  • Celebrating 50,000 commercial deliveries this week in 100 cities around the world.
  • Customer behavior is called “top up” shopping, and it pairs well with delivery robots.
  • Top up shopping is crucial to customer adoption of the robot delivery concept.

2.

WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST GROCER JOINS IBM FOOD TRUST BLOCKCHAIN

  • Digital system for tracking and tracing food between retailers and suppliers.
  • Ability to rapidly pinpoint a dodgy batch of produce and surgically remove those tainted goods.
  • More than 500,000 traces have been conducted on the platform to date.

3.

UBER KICKS OFF ITS BID TO BECOME A PUBLIC COMPANY

  • Seeking a valuation of between $90 billion and $100 billion.
  • Controlling over 60 percent of the US market and logging billions of rides all over the world.
  • Aims to also have autonomous vehicles and electric aircraft available on its platform.

4.

HOW COMPANIES CAN HELP MIDLEVEL MANAGERS NAVIGATE AGILE TRANSFORMATIONS

  • Ease their concerns about what the transformation could mean for their roles and career prospects.
  • Elevate employees who demonstrate the competencies associated with effective leadership.
  • Make career paths and compensation scales clear, simple, transparent—and fair.

5. 

GRADUATE STUDENT WAS BEHIND ALGORITHMS THAT HELPED CAPTURE THE FIRST PICTURE OF A BLACK HOLE

  • Needed stitch together millions of gigabytes’ worth of data captured by telescopes.
  • Developed ways to generate synthetic data and used different algorithms and tested blindly.
  • Wanted to develop many different algorithms that all have different assumptions built into them.