5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

November 21

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

WALMART VS. AMAZON IN THE PRODUCE AISLE: NEW ‘OPEN MARKET’ FORMAT TAKES CUES FROM WHOLE FOODS

  • Amazon is making grocery delivery a built-in feature of Prime subscriptions
  • Groceries represent an estimated $675 billion U.S. market that is increasingly going digital
  • U.S. food and beverage ecommerce sales will grow 18.2 percent to nearly $20 billion this year, making it “the fastest-growing product category online.”

2. 

DEEPMIND’S MUZERO TEACHES ITSELF HOW TO WIN AT ATARI, CHESS, SHOGI, AND GO

  • devised MuZero, which combines a tree-based search (where a tree is a data structure used for locating information from within a set) with a learned model
  • paves the way for learning methods in a host of real-world domains, particularly those lacking a simulator that communicates rules or environment dynamics
  • matched the superhuman performance of high-performance planning algorithms in their favored domains…and outperformed state-of-the-art model-free [reinforcement learning] algorithms in their favored domains

3.  

WHILL BRINGS ITS AUTONOMOUS WHEELCHAIRS TO NORTH AMERICAN AIRPORTS

  • Using sensing technologies and automatic brakes, WHILL’s wheelchairs detect and avoid obstacles in busy airports
  • there are 70 million potential customers for assistive technology products across Europe
  • spending on assistive technologies for the elderly and people with disabilities is projected to reach over $26 billion by 2024

4. 

THIS ‘ROBOT LAWYER’ CAN TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF LICENSE AGREEMENTS

  • service uses machine learning to highlight clauses it thinks users need to know about, including options to opt out from data collection
  • isn’t a replacement for a real lawyer, but it’s better than accepting a license agreement sight unseen
  • around 200 different key terms that Do Not Sign searches for in contracts…use machine learning to help retrieve these clauses and all their variations

5. 

BIG DATA IS SERVING TOP TENNIS PLAYERS A MATCH-WINNING ADVANTAGE

  • combination of analytics and video is helping coaches to hone player performance and the sport is keen to push innovative use of technology in all areas of the game
  • portal uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to match big data with video of game-changing points
  • next area of development in tennis is likely to focus on connectivity, particularly in terms of IoT sensors on balls and on players