October 16 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By October 16, 2019 Insight

1. Walmart takes on Amazon by letting employees deliver groceries direct to people’s fridges

  • currently limited to customers in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Vero Beach
  • access to customers’ homes using smart-lock technology controlled from a mobile phone
  • employees are fitted out with a camera that records the delivery process and customers are able to live stream

2. SpaceX looks to rule space with 30,000 more satellites

  • addition to the 12,000 Starlink satellites previously approved by the FCC
  • SpaceX would like to ultimately be able to operate up to 42,000 satellites
  • how many satellites are currently operational and orbiting our planet…2,062 as of April 1

3.  The coming of AI Spring

  • AI and analytics could add as much as $13 trillion to total output by 2030
  • AI and related technologies could improve welfare by 0.5-1% per year between now and 2030
  • AI-based traffic management can reduce the negative impact of air pollution on health by 3-15%

4. Toyota has created a car that uses AI to sense a driver’s state, and can even wake them up using inflatable cushions or cold air if they’re nodding off

  • concept “LQ” car that comes with an artificial intelligence agent, Yui
  • Yui reads the driver’s emotional and physical state to control aspects of the car
  • program learns primarily from facial expressions and the driver’s conversations with Yui

5. Puma Joins Nike and Adidas in the Esports Apparel Sponsorship Chase

  • Adidas released a new clothing line featuring Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
  • Last month, Nike dropped team kits for China’s League of Legends Pro League
  • Adidas went with an individual sponsorship, Nike with an entire league, and Puma with an organization