July 18 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By July 17, 2019 Insight

1. Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface

  • startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain
  • technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury…long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence
  • startup uses sewing machine-like technology this year to drill small holes into brains and insert super-slender electrodes called threads, steering clear of blood vessels as they go

2. Growth dynamics in industrial robotics

  • the $16.2 billion global industrial-robotics market is poised for dynamic growth—unit shipments are forecasted to rise at a compound annual rate of no less than 14 percent from 2019 to 2021
  • Underlying it are fundamental changes in the industry and the economic environment: dramatic developments in technology and new applications, as well as the global megatrends of rising labor costs, increasing labor turnover and shortages, decreasing equipment costs, and global competition
  • OEMs and systems integrators could accelerate the industry’s growth by promoting robotics-related upskilling and retraining at scale

3. OneWeb’s low-Earth satellites hit 400Mbps and 32ms latency in new test

  • test described yesterday involved six OneWeb satellites that were launched in February…its commercial network “will start with an initial 650 satellites and grow up to 1,980 satellites.”
  • test also demonstrated “seamless beam and satellite handovers; accurate antenna pointing and tracking; [and] live-streamed video at resolutions up to 1080p.”
  • OneWeb’s biggest competitor so far is SpaceX, which has FCC permission to launch nearly 12,000 low-Earth satellites

4. Alphabet’s Wing introduces an air traffic control app for drones

  • Today, Wing formally introduced its OpenSky app, which could serve as an air-traffic control system for drones
  • meant to help drone operators comply with aviation rules and plan flights safely and effectively
  • Australian version includes a checklist with a range of critical factors, including airspace restrictions, hazardous situations and proximity to airports and heliports

5. Elon Musk’s SpaceX shows off VR Hyperloop so you can glimpse the future of travel

  • unveiled the most in-depth virtual reality experience of the Hyperloop yet, giving the public a real glimpse of what the futuristic transportation could look like, and it’s less like a gerbil habitrail than a sleek metro system
  • courtesy of Delft Hyperloop, from the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology, while the VR experience was created by INDG and AltSpace
  • It’s all to help the public understand the real-world application of its prototype