This Week In Digital – Week 40

We are back with This Week In Digital. So many things have happened in the digital world since last week and we have skimmed the right and interesting articles for you. Here are some newsworthy developments that had happened in these seven days!

Volkswagen adopts Microsoft Azure to build ‘automotive cloud with IoT connectivity – Clare Hopping, cloudpro.co.uk, October 2, 2018.

Volkswagen has enlisted the help of Microsoft to allow its customers to utilise digital services in its connected cars. The joint solution – called the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – operates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, allowing customers to access key services and seamlessly switch between in-car and home services. The German car manufacturer enlisted the help of Microsoft’s Azure platform to offer extra-value services, such as the ability to continue streaming music from their home when getting into their car, or accessing a conference call while on their way to work.

How Can Blockchain Thrive In The Face Of European GDPR Blockade? – Darryn Pollock, Forbes, October 3, 2018.

User’s control and visibility of their data is at the forefront of the GDPR, and similarly with the blockchain, its transparent nature offers clear and direct access to data however GDPR and Blockchain have functional clash but, on ideological grounds, the aim of both the GDPR and blockchain is the protection of data. so as these two entities feel each other out and blockchainbecomes more recognized and legitimised, while the GDPR finds its feet, there are bound to be changes in the law down the line.

Haptx unveils haptic gloves so you can feel things in VR Dean – Takahashi, venturebeat.com, October 3, 2018.

Haptx is launching its Haptx Gloves Development Kit, an industrial-grade product for advanced simulation in virtual reality. Haptx Gloves wants to empower professional VR users to develop simulations with realistic touch feedback and natural interaction.That’s a long-held dream for virtual reality visionaries who want to duplicate our real-world senses in VR.

Babysitter screening app predictim uses AI to sniff out bullies – Kyle Wiggers, venturebeat.com, October 4, 2018.
If you’re a parent with young kids, you probably know how arduous it can be to screen or check references of a babysitter. That spurred SalParsa and Joel Simonoff, the cofounders of Berkeley startup Predictim, to develop a no-frills solution that taps artificial intelligence (AI) to generate personality assessments from digital footprints. The eponymous Predictim platform, which launches today, uses natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision algorithms to sift through social media posts — including tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram photos — for warning signs.
Google Buys AI Chatbot startup Onward – Clare Hopping, cloudpro.co.uk, October 4, 2018
Onward’s chatbot offers personalised responses to customer enquiries as well as product recommendations.
Google has acquired chatbot startup Onward in what’s likely an attempt to improve its own customer service tools or expand the number of products available as part of its business suite of applications.The technology uses natural language processing to analyse the content of customer messages to support teams, alongside other information such as where they are located, whether they’re logged in to any services, and how they have used the service in the past. This data then allows the chatbot to tailor its replies, offering a much better customer experience.

Tencent partners with Medopad to improve Parkinson’s disease treatment with AI – Kyle Wiggers, venturebeat.com, October 8, 2018 .
Roughly 600,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year, contributing to the more than 10 million people worldwide already living with the neurodegenerative disease. Early detection can result in significantly better treatment outcomes, but it’s notoriously difficult to test for Parkinson’s.To address this need, Tencent and health care firm Medopad have committed to trialing systems that tap artificial intelligence (AI) to improve diagnostic accuracy. Today, they announced a collaboration with the Parkinson’s Center of Excellence at King’s College Hospital in London to develop software that can detect signs of Parkinson’s within minutes. This technology can help promote early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, screening, and daily evaluations of key functions.

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