December 18 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By December 17, 2019 Insight

1. Netflix releases worldwide subscriber stats by region for the first time

  • more than half of Netflix’s 158 million global subscribers and 90 percent of its growth now come from outside the US
  • subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region has more than tripled in the same time, and Latin America now has 29.4 million subscribers, up from just 15.4 million in the first quarter of 2017
  • US and Canada still have the most subscribers — 67.1 million — and brought in $7.4 billion in the first three quarters of 2019

2. 9 Industries Biometrics Technology Could Transform

  • From opening your smartphone to unlocking your car to paying for groceries, biometrics is becoming a go-to method for identification
  • biometric technology industry is projected to be worth as much as $59B by 2025
  • global market for automotive biometric identification is expected to reach $303M by 2024

3.  SpaceX’s biggest rivals are about to test-launch a new astronaut space taxi for the first time

  • Boeing plans to launch its new CST-100 Starliner spaceship into orbit for the first time atop a United Launch Alliance rocket
  • demonstration meant to show NASA the vehicle is safe to taxi astronauts to and from space
  • SpaceX, a major competitor to Boeing and ULA, completed a similar flight test in March with its Crew Dragon capsule

4. Autonomous helicopter startup Skyryse demonstrates tech that could power urban air taxis

  • Skyryse is using regular helicopters as a platform to demonstrate its autonomous technology
  • “Flying car” startups like Ehang and Volocotper have demonstrated their respective autonomous aircraft over the years
  • Two of the world’s biggest aerospace companies, Airbus and Boeing, are also working on autonomous air taxi projects

5. Festive robots are decorating trees, singing karaoke carols, and serving coffee at Bloomingdale’s for the holidays

  • mainly incorporating robots into window displays and decor, but serving coffee they show how robots will “enhance the future retail experience,”
  • Four robots pass ornaments back and forth and hang them on the tree, before taking the decorations down and starting the 30-minute process again
  • Finally, a robot serves shoppers their choice of Nespresso coffee to finish off a visit to the department store