November 19 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By November 18, 2019 Insight

1. MIT’s AI scores driver egotism to make autonomous vehicles more assertive

  • In tests, they say their algorithm better predicted how drivers would behave by a factor of 25%
  • modeled scenarios where drivers tried to maximize their utility, in which the model learned to predict from snippets of motion
  • investigate other robotic systems acting among humans, such as household robots, and to integrate SVO into general prediction and decision-making algorithms

2. Stanford’s new tech-laden hospital includes pill-picking robots

  • new hospital in Stanford Health Care’s campus that aims to be as capable and connected as the phone in your pocket
  • pharmacy will include robots that pick pills and pack them in backs, with other robots delivering them to dispensing stations
  • Another 23 automated guided vehicles, meanwhile, help with delivering laundry and taking out the trash

3.  Nanoracks just booked a SpaceX launch to demo tech that turns used spacecraft into orbital habitats

  • show off how it can use a robot to cut material very similar to the upper stages used in orbital spacecraft
  • aims to address the future need for in-space orbital commercial platforms by also simultaneously making use of existing vehicles and materials designed specifically for space
  • hopes to show how it one day might be able to greatly reduce the costs of setting up in-space stations and habitats

4. Why We’re Investing in Virtual Kitchen Co

  • For the restaurant industry, the opportunity is huge (at last count nearly $100B of orders worldwide)
  • with this rise of new delivery platforms, restaurants can now reach new customers and grow their sales, without having to worry about how many seats they have in their dining room
  • empowers restaurants, chefs, and food entrepreneurs to take advantage of the delivery boom without enduring the challenges of building out additional locations themselves

5. Home insurance startup Luko raises $22 million for AI that reduces domestic accidents

  • company said that it takes just two minutes to secure coverage, two hours to receive payment for a claim, and two days for any damage to be repaired
  • offers three tracking sensors, which are free and completely optional for insuree
  • can use satellite imagery of a house when the customer inputs their address, leaning on computer vision to establish key facets of the property