August 26 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By August 25, 2019 Insight

1. UK Central Bank Chief Sees Digital Currency Displacing US Dollar as Global Reserve

  • Carney suggested a number of possible replacements to the dollar, including the Chinese renminbi, and most notably, a digital currency supported by an international coalition of central banks
  • “It is an open question whether such a new Synthetic Hegemonic Currency (SHC) would be best provided by the public sector, perhaps through a network of central bank digital currencies.”
  • Technology can disrupt the current network effects that protect the dollar, he explained, noting that an increasing number of transactions occur online and use electronic payments rather than cash

2. AI, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Startup Builds Deep Learning Tools for Orthopedic Surgeons

  • company’s deep learning models recognize and measure aspects of a patient’s anatomy and pathology, as well as display key information and treatment recommendations on operating room video monitors
  • Its AI models — developed using the Keras, PyTorch and TensorFlow deep learning frameworks — are trained and tested on NVIDIA RTX GPUs featuring Tensor Cores, shrinking training times by more than 5x
  • At the start of a procedure, the Kaliber Labs’ deep learning tools use the video feed to identify what kind of surgery is taking place and which camera view is being used…AI models specific to the relevant procedure type come into play for real-time guidance

3.  Channel Marketers Need To Become Community Marketers – Here’s How

  • New technologies, partner business models, shifting demographics, expanding communication vehicles, and most recently, new technology buyers with different psychology, behavior, and journey have created a whirlwind of change for vendors, distributors, and partners alike
  • estimate that there are over 600,000 partners worldwide when you include broader technology channels such as IT, telecom, print, PRO A/V, etc…doesn’t include the millions of companies that are converging into the tech services space from far and wide
  • Channel partners know that to be successful, they need to carve out a niche – whether that be by line of business, by industry (and increasingly by subindustry), by size of customer, geographically, technologically, and business model

4. Scientists bioprint living tissue in a matter of seconds

  • The approach, volumetric bioprinting, forms tissue by projecting a laser down a spinning tube containing hydrogel full of stem cells
  • can shape the resulting tissue simply by focusing the laser’s energy on specific locations to solidify them, creating a useful 3D shape within seconds
  • EPFL imagines a new wave of “personalized, functional” organs produced at “unprecedented speed.”

5. Will tech make realtors obsolete? Investors debate the future of real estate

  • The real estate industry has undergone dramatic shifts over the past few years thanks to tech companies such as Zillow and Redfin, but some aspects of the industry haven’t changed…Most transactions are still handled by a real estate agent, for example
  • there’s been a longstanding focus on disintermediation in the entire category especially given some of the transaction sizes you see
  • stressed the importance of doubling down on “what you can contribute to the customer experience that none of these founders necessarily can create with their software.”