April 10 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By April 10, 2019 Insight

1. Google’s Wing drones approved to make public deliveries in Australia

  • approval comes after an 18 month trial and 3,000 deliveries
  • partnering with local businesses including coffee shops and pharmacies to deliver their products
  • drone deliveries could be worth as much as AU$30 to AU$40 million to businesses in the area

2. Walmart Announces A New Addition To Its Workforce: Thousands Of Robots 

  • brings on board thousands of robots in nearly 5,000 of its 11,348 stores
  • robots will be scrubbing floors, scanning boxes, unloading trucks and tracking shelf inventory
  • Gartner survey says that while 1.8 million jobs will be lost to software automation, 2.3 million will be created

3. IBM helped NASA FDL fix a satellite’s instrument using cutting-edge A.I.

  • One of the biggest challenges was to find the optimal A.I. framework and model for the problem
  • create a deep learning neural network which could predict the required data with greater than 97 percent accuracy
  • IBM provided two IBM POWER9 servers equipped with Nvidia GPUs to accelerate the neural net training

4. KPMG survey: 67% of corporates are not using blockchain technology

  • opinion of 450 respondents, some 60 percent of participants said they would be willing to adopt the technology
  • PwC report…found that companies didn’t want to be left off the blockchain bandwagon
  • general lack of understanding, and resources, is seemingly holding back adoption

5. Gaming will be a key differentiator in autonomous vehicles

  • As more cars are built with features that enable them to drive themselves, it’ll free up consumers to do other activities inside the car
  • Gaming is only one of a variety of entertainment options companies are exploring for use in AVs
  • expect more AV companies to form partnerships with name-brand gaming companies