October 31 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By October 31, 2019 Insight

1. The scariest song ever, according to Pandora, is not the one you think

  • Pandora’s algorithm has found what are technically the scariest songs of all time
  • used its Music Genome Project…to break songs down into 450 attributes and match them to listener patterns
  • data science team identified structural and musicological properties best fit for frightening moods

2. DeepMind’s StarCraft 2 AI is now better than 99.8 percent of all human players

  • Google-owned AI lab’s more sophisticated software, still called AlphaStar, is now grandmaster level in the real-time strategy game
  • sees the advancement as more proof that general-purpose reinforcement learning…may one day be used to train self-learning robots, self-driving cars
  • game’s complexity is much greater than chess, because players control hundreds of units; more complex than Go, because there are 10^26 possible choices for every move

3.  Latin America Roundup: Uber acquires Cornershop, SoftBank invests in Buser and Olist

  • Ebanx investment is part of a growing interest in Latin American payments startups
  • Last-mile delivery and logistics became a very competitive space in Latin America in 2018
  • Mexican cryptocurrency exchange Bitso raised an undisclosed round from Argentine startup Ripple

4. Uber Freight is expanding to Canada — and it’s a brilliant move to gobble up more of the trucking industry

  • Uber Freight is investing more and more into America’s $800 billion trucking industry
  • Canadian trucking industry is a fraction of the US trucking industry — but the trade opportunities between the US and Canada are significant
  • By the next year, its bookings totaled $359 million— making it one of the 30 biggest brokerage firms in the US

5. Imagine Impact is an AI-based incubator for entertainment storytellers

  • uses machine learning to sort through a flood of undiscovered talent to find the storytellers and scriptwriters with the best potential
  • mission is to find, identify, and sign the most talented writers in the world — people who don’t have access to the entertainment industry
  • Scripts usually take months or years to come to fruition…Imagine Impact tries to expedite the process by 50%