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From the Digital Worlds

October 22

October 22

MediView XR has raised $4.5 million to equip surgeons with augmented reality imagery that effectively gives them 3D X-ray-like vision. With Microsoft HoloLens or other AR goggles, surgeons can insert an instrument into a patient and see an animation that shows exactly where the instrument is going under the skin. The AR Surgical Navigation Platform tool will help surgeons remove cancer tumors in a way that is similar to controlling a video game. The system leverages the capabilities of Microsoft’s HoloLens (the company is developing a version for HoloLens 2) to look directly into a patient and see tumors in 3D through the patient’s skin, even allowing the surgeon to walk around and view the tumor, organs, and more from any angle.

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October 21

October 21

From food to beauty to hotels, companies across industries are adding plant-based products and services to cater to sustainability-focused consumers. Among several potential environmental effects, going meat-free could help lower greenhouse gas emissions, decrease land use, and reduce water consumption — contributing to a more sustainable food system. Moreover, consumers’ growing awareness of the ethical debates related to industrial meat production and an increasing preference for healthier alternatives are driving the growth of meatless products. Though the full impact of pivoting to meatless alternatives — especially in the food industry — is hard to predict, major players like Tyson Foods and McDonald’s are already betting big on a plant-based future.

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October 18

October 18

If you pay a visit to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in the near future, you’ll be awash in artificial intelligence before you’ve even seen an exhibit. Electronic musician Arca (who has produced for Bjork and FKA Twigs) has announced that a piece she wrote using Bronze’s AI creative tool will provide the soundtrack for MoMA’s lobby for the next two years once it reopens on October 21st. Don’t think that it’ll be just the same tune playing on loop, though. The AI will “never make the music play the same way twice,” Arca said. In that sense, it’s more like one very large piece. Bronze is built for precisely for these “non-static, generative and augmented” compositions, using machine learning to expand on the artist’s core ideas.

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October 17

October 17

A day after NASA debuted the space suits set to be worn by the first woman on the Moon, Virgin Galactic showed of its own gear at an event in New York. Created in collaboration with fitness wear company, Under Armour, the gear is designed for wear by Virgin’s private astronauts. The getup includes a limited-edition jacket, base layer, training suit, footwear and space suit. The elements were created with “input” from a wide range of different people, including doctors, pilots, clothing designers and astronaut trainers. All garments were tested in labs designed to simulate the various stages of space flight. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson was present at the event, leading a simulated zero gravity vertical space walk in the suit.

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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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