5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

November 5

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

BREAKING THE MOLD: THE CONSTRUCTION PLAYERS OF THE FUTURE

  • realizing the potential of technology to accelerate projects, reduce costs, and improve safety in a $10-trillion-a-year industry
  • Contributing 13 percent of global GDP, construction is the largest industry in the world
  • developments are helping the industry unlock some of the $1.6 trillion of productivity gains

2. 

THE 7 MOST IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MICROSOFT IGNITE

  • Microsoft  was among the first of the big cloud vendors to bet big on hybrid deployments
  • machine learning smarts to let you create a chatbot with the help of a visual interface
  • In this world of competing assistants, Microsoft is very much betting on productivity

3.  

WITH FARMBEATS, MICROSOFT MAKES A PLAY FOR THE AGRICULTURE MARKET

  • world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than is now produced
  • FarmBeats…is a multi-year effort to bring robust data analytics to the agriculture sector
  • “data-driven” farming techniques…can boost farm productivity by as much as 67% while reducing resource usage

4. 

MOBILE COMMERCE IS GROWING AS INHIBITIONS GO DOWN

  • Mobile’s share in US online retail and travel commerce will increase from 36% in 2018 to 45% in 2024
  • time spent on smartphones in the US has increased from 2.8 hours per day in 2015 to 3.6 hours per day in 2018
  • Retailers are investing in smoothing the checkout process to encourage more consumers to complete their purchase on their smartphone

5. 

ROBOBEE POWERED BY SOFT MUSCLES

  • the first microrobot powered by soft actuators to achieve controlled flight
  • actuator has high enough power density and controllability to achieve hovering flight
  • If we could engineer high performance artificial muscles, the sky is the limit for what robots we could build