March 7 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By March 7, 2019 Insight

1.  Google’s AI Assistant Wants to Make Restaurant Reservations For You

  • Google Duplex, the artificially intelligent assistant that calls humans and makes dinner reservations—and other appointments—is now available in 43 states
  • When a person tells Google Assistant to “make a reservation for four people on Friday” at a restaurant, and shares their preferred time, the AI then checks with online booking partners to see if they can find a time slot to accommodate the request.
  • Google also offers businesses an option to opt-out of the AI-powered calls.

2. Global Blockchain Spending to Reach $2.9 Billion in 2019

  • For the period from 2018 to 2022, blockchain spending will purportedly see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 76 percent, with total spending reaching the $12.4 billion mark in 2022.
  • The major driver of blockchain spending growth will purportedly be the financial sector, with an investment volume of more than $1.1 billion.
  • Cross-border payments and settlements along with trade finance and transaction settlements will get the most investment in 2019, which will purportedly amount to $453 million and $285 million, respectively.

3. Warriors draft first woman into NBA 2K league

  • Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League on Tuesday night, going in the fourth round to Warriors Gaming, which is operated by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
  • Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.
  • Evans was one of two women who qualified for the 2K League draft this year through the league’s online combine.

4. Las Vegas convention authority wants The Boring Company to build 2-mile loop

  • The Boring Company is Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s third company, started with the intention to make large-scale tunneling projects cheaper and easier to complete.
  • “Conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end, hence the need for an on-property guest transportation solution.”
  • The Boring Company stood out for its short timeline and low cost, with an expected total cost of $35 million to $55 million to bring the short loop to fruition.

5. Balancing AI and beauty: the future of automotive design

  • …once we put our attention to innovation and technology, we don’t have any time to think about beauty.
  •  If a brand wants to survive, it needs a soul. It needs to tell a story, and it needs to stand for something.
  • …don’t think we’ll ever end up with cars that are neutral boxes. We will continue to design for the human experience.