Friday, 17 January 2020

Smart Contact Lenses

Smart contact lenses bring out the real feel of sci-fi

Video from TechCrunch

Monday, 6 January 2020

Voice in the clouds

AI voice assistants (Alexa, Cortana, Siri etc.) and cloud are becoming so deeply embedded into our business and social life. Recent news from CES that Alexa will be used in Lamborghini and Rivian cars. Device makers, such as Apple, are obviously using their voice assistant in their devices. With IoT, AI voice assistants can be embedded into most devices and products. They also allow third-party developers to embed their voice assistants into apps. These big tech firms, that have AI voice assistants and cloud services, are now so entrenched in our daily lives that they are collecting data about us from many sources and our desire for convenience is pushing tech firms to develop more products and services to cater to our personal needs. This is just a short article to get some ideas out there.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Automating Daily Life: Fitness Apps

Using AI on your mobile devices to automate your daily life: shopping, banking and fitness - fitness apps can now track your movements to improve your performance

Video from Mashable India

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Electric Air Racing

Electric air racing will improve technology for battery powered, electric planes just as Formula E is doing for electric cars. Air Race E was presented at the Dubai Air Show.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Access to the Internet as a Right?

Should access to the Internet be a universal right?

Life gets very difficult without Internet access. Corporations and governments want you to interact with them online. Banking and finance would be difficult and more costly without Internet connectivity. Accessing government services without Internet access becomes more time-consuming. Services from corporations would be unbearable without access to the Internet. Communications and payments would cost you more without access. You would not be able to fully participate in the digital economy without access. 

Is it time to make Internet access a universal human right?

Video from Web Summit

Friday, 20 December 2019

Data: In the Business of Everything

Big Tech is in the business of everything ... well nearly everything. They are into fintech, communications/messaging, media/content, mobility, retail/ecommerce, healthcare, real estate (hotels, co-working, co-living) - these 7 areas cover nearly all aspects of our lives -

Through their own platforms or through acquisitions of startups, Big Tech has got into all sorts of businesses and its reach is expanding. One business they all have in common is data - it all centers around data.

Video from Bloomberg

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Emotion Recognition

Emotion recognition (and facial recognition) will change the way we live and work. AI that can recognize facial expressions. For jobs, marketing, retail, and more.  You better get ready. 

Video from The Economist

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Artificial Nervous System

Artificial Nervous System

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed, what they call, the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system/skin that can give robots a much faster sense of touch than humans.

Monday, 2 December 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 Tech Update by DigitalAsian Tech Update by DigitalAsian

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Friction in the Digital Economy

Regulating the digital economy

Uber and other ride-hailing apps are facing more and varying regulation around the world. Recently: 

1. Chicago announced plans to charge traffic congestion tax on certain ride-hailing trips -

2. India announced plans to cap ride-hailing firm fees at 10% -

3. Transport authorities did not extend Uber's licence in London -

Now that Uber and other ride-hailing apps have scaled up, they are having to deal with many different regulations around the globe. This is not just for ride-hailing apps but for virtually all tech startups that have scaled up internationally. Once you scale up you need to develop a department for handling compliance, regulation and governments worldwide and this imposes a huge cost on startups and their investors.

There has so far been no concerted effort into creating uniform global rules for the digital economy. Although, there has been some attempt to try to start discussions on a 'digital tax'.

These varying regulations are creating friction in the digital economy - and the costs for this are being payed by the users of the technology, in higher fees, and the investors in the startups.

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Video from The Economist

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Driving Mobility Innovation

Driving Mobility Innovation

Is Formula E, the electric street car racing tournament, driving more innovation in electric vehicles than F1 does for regular cars?

Video from Autosport