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From the Digital Worlds

December 10

December 10

In late October, Nicolas Ghesquière posted an Instagram image of Qiyana, a star of the multiplayer online battle-arena game League of Legends, in a limited-edition Louis Vuitton “prestige skin.” The Vuitton artistic director of women’s collections isn’t one of the eight million people who simultaneously play the game each day, but augmented reality—along with an abiding love of sci-fi and time travel—is absolutely a personal obsession. Ghesquière has created virtual outfits for Qiyana and her fellow League of Legends champion Senna that players can earn in-game (or buy, if their battle skills aren’t up to snuff). For the real world, he’s combined the LV and LoL logos and produced a capsule collection of leather goods and street-smart, sporty riffs on the in-game clothes, in color-blocked tech jersey and chrome leather, that hits stores this month.

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December 9

December 9

This Sunday begins the annual NeurIPS conference on artificial intelligence, one of the most prominent gatherings in the field. It’s being held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. As always, the first thing you want to do, even before the conference starts, is to look over the accepted research papers. All the papers are posted on the NeurIPS Web site, so you can take a tour of this year’s research before going, or even without going at all. As always, the first thing you want to do, even before the conference starts, is to look over the accepted research papers. All the papers are posted on the NeurIPS Web site, so you can take a tour of this year’s research before going, or even without going at all.

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December 6

December 6

The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (or CIMON, for short) recorded a number of firsts on its initial mission to the International Space Station, which took place last November, including becoming the first-ever autonomous free-floating robot to operate aboard the station, and the first-ever smart astronaut assistant. But CIMON is much more than an Alexa for space, and CIMON-2, which launched aboard today’s SpaceX ISS resupply mission, will demonstrate a number of ways the astronaut support robot can help those working in space — from both a practical and an emotional angle. CIMON is the product of a collaboration between IBM, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Airbus, and its aim is to design and develop a robotic assistant for use in space that can serve a number of functions.

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December 5

December 5

When luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton announced in September it would be partnering with Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship to design in-game outfits and a trophy carrying case, many people were left scratching their heads. On the surface, high fashion and video games seem an unlikely pairing. But as esports continues to shift from subculture to mainstream, I predict this is only the beginning of fashion-focused sponsorship deals in the esports world. The Esports Observer reported that in the first quarter of 2019, there were 76 non-endemic sponsorship deals in esports (an increase of 145% from the previous quarter), including fashion brands like Champion, Puma, and New Era.

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FROM
ROKK3R CEO
NABYL CHARANIA

September’s Digital Age Insights

September’s Digital Age Insights

It’s not just Fortnite champs who are making conventional sports players seem underpaid. OG has won Valve’s The International Dota 2 tournament for the second year in a row (the first time any team has won back-to-back), pulling in a record-setting $15,603,133 out of an even larger $34,292,599 prize pool. That’s not just the largest top prize in esports history — it could also be a windfall for each of the five team members.

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August’s Digital Age Insights

August’s Digital Age Insights

A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The feat was pulled off using a precision vascular robot developed by Corindus. The results of the surgeries, which were successful, have just been published in EClinicalMedicine, a spin-off of medical journal The Lancet.

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June’s Digital Age Insights

June’s Digital Age Insights

As AI continues to interact with other exponential technologies, its use with sensors is creating exciting opportunities. Research shows that the sensor market is expected to hit close to $280B by 2025. With a low-cost glove packed with over 500 sensors, an AI system has been developed to recognize objects through touch alone.

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Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder & GraphPath

Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder & GraphPath

This past week, the Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder was announced. Artificial Intelligence (AI) visualization company GraphPath, with its “knowledge-graph-as-a-service” platform, is this venture builder’s first company. Below, I’m sharing key stories and insight around AI to further build on this critical theme.

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