October 24 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By October 23, 2019 Insight

1. Google says it’s achieved quantum supremacy

  • encapsulates the ability of quantum computers to solve problems that current technology couldn’t even begin to attempt
  • Sycamore — took just 200 seconds to perform a calculation that would have taken the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years
  • opens a lot of doors to future technologies, such as designing better batteries and medicine

2. The Top 10 Most Well-Funded US Auto Tech Startups Over Time

  • new peak in 2018 with a record $7.9B in funding across 210 deals — a 75% uptick in funding year-over-year
  • top-funded company…is autonomous delivery startup Nuro, with over $1B in total disclosed equity funding
  • Index Ventures has backed 4 top-funded auto companies: Aurora, KeepTruckin, MetroMile, and Nauto

3.  IT Structures Are Evolving To Support Automation, Digital, And Customer Obsession

  • delivery of IT services, is hindering rather than enabling business transformations
  • focus of operating models, whether they should be focused on revenue or cost and efficiencies
  • first key question is where demand is coming from: Is it revenue streams or cost and efficiencies streams or both?

4. Fortnite’s black hole event broke Twitch records

  • big change with the launch of Chapter 2, and the hyped transition from Season X
  • when all of Fortnite, including even the start menu, got sucked into a black hole…event drew a max of 1.7 million concurrent viewers
  • on Twitter, where the black hole earned 42.8 million views, peaking at 1.4 million concurrent viewers…on YouTube, about 4.3 million concurrent viewers watched

5. NVIDIA EGX Supercomputing Platform Simplifies AI Deployments to the Edge with Enterprise Kubernetes

  • opportunity is ripe for companies to push their models beyond the data center to the edge
  • Deploying these workloads at the edge, say in a retail store or parking garage, can be very challenging if IT expertise is not available as one might have with data centers
  • Kubernetes eliminates many of the manual processes involved in deploying, managing and scaling applications