December 6 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By December 6, 2019 Insight

1. Digital transformation to boost IT spend in LatAm in 2020

  • digital transformation efforts in the region will generate 4,5 percent growth ($48 billion) in 2020
  • By 2024, IDC estimates that over 40% of all ICT spend in Latin America will go directly towards digital transformation and innovation, growing by 22% annually
  • More than half of new business applications in Latin America will incorporate artificial intelligence

2. Waymo One self-driving ride-hailing service plans public expansion next year

  • Waymo is now trialing rides with no human backup driver, the first company in the US to do so
  • With no human to contact about pick-ups and drop-offs, it has to be spot on…did recently add a feature to honk the self-driving car’s horn, however, to make it easier to find
  • even when autonomous cars are ready, we’ll surely see them as a commercial service first before buyers can park one in their garage

3.  Volvo invests in autonomous vehicle operating system startup Apex.AI though its VC arm

  • working on developing a robotic operating system qualified for use in production automobiles
  • focus is on developing an enterprise-focused version of the Robot Operating System open-source middleware
  • could potentially help speed the process of getting autonomous driving systems into production vehicles

4. AI-enabled assistant robot returning to the Space Station with improved emotional intelligence

  • first-ever autonomous free-floating robot to operate aboard the station, and the first-ever smart astronaut assistant
  • will demonstrate a number of ways the astronaut support robot can help those working in space — from both a practical and an emotional angle
  • aim is to design and develop a robotic assistant for use in space that can serve a number of functions

5. The Video-First Future of Ecommerce

  • through the rise of short-form video content platforms like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, we are entering a new era of native ecommerce
  • In this format, the cost of A/B testing is extremely low, meaning sellers benefit from instant feedback
  • farmers live-stream daily from their orchards, harnessing short video to show off the juiciness and rare varieties of their fruit