May 14 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By May 13, 2019 Insight

1. Driving Investor Engagement

  • median retail investor logged onto his or her account six days per year, while the median DC-only investor logged on only three days per year
  • investors who are 55 or older actually spend a lot more time accessing investment platforms on mobile devices (over 120 minutes a year)
  • demand is there, and it’s just a matter of a few years before virtual assistants can engage investors effectively

2. Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Tool on Bitcoin Blockchain

  • first decentralized infrastructure implementation by a major tech company that is built directly on the bitcoin blockchain
  • open source project, called Ion, deals with the underlying mechanics of how networks talk to each other
  • Ion handles the decentralized identifiers, which control the ability to prove you own the keys to this data

3. FDA clears first 6-lead consumer ECG

  • palm-sized device is roughly the same size as a thin, small TV remote control, and fits easily into a pocket or purse
  • Scans are conducted via an accompanying smartphone app
  • user forms Einthoven triangles that allow KardiaMobile 6L to gather as much information as a six-lead machine

4. Louis Vuitton and Royole put two web browsers on a handbag

  • Louis Vitton says that the idea for the handbag is for it to become an extension of the smartphone
  • produced using screens provided by Royole, whose FlexPai device is technically the first foldable smartphone in the world
  • Louis Vuitton has the advantage of being able to sell its bags at a price that could actually cover the cost of a cutting edge display

5. Meet the world’s first AI-created whisky

  • first time that AI has been used to augment and automate the most time-consuming process of whisky creation
  • distillery’s machine learning models, powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and Azure cognitive services, are fed with Mackmyra’s existing recipes
  • With this dataset the AI can generate more than 70 million recipes that it predicts will be popular