This Week In Digital – Week 41

Here’s your weekly dose of This Week In Digital. Many technological developments have happened since last week in the fields of Health, Engineering, Food, and Indian Agriculture. Fear not about missing out, you can read it all here.

Health Data Tokenization could Transform the Future of Healthcare – Wieke Beenen, October 12, 2018.

Blockchain, and the digitization of health data through this new decentralized technology, could be the ground breaking solution for empowering patients and giving them better access to healthcare. This so called ‘tokenization’ of health data. “Tokenizing health data could support universal basic income (UBI) and enable the 3.8 billion people, which according to WHO statistics, still lack access to basic Healthcare services,” said Elizabeth Chee, COO of HIT Foundation.

Huawei plans to invest $140 million in AI talent education – October 12, 2018.

Aiming to work with partners to build an affordable, effective, reliable and inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem, Chinese tech giant Huawei on Friday released its “AI Developer Enablement Programme” under which it plans to invest $140 million in AI talent education. The programme will help Huawei collaborate with developers, partners, universities and research institutions to build a better development ecosystem that can support AI resources, platforms, courses and joint solutions.

Microsoft and Niti Aayog partner to deploy AI solution – October 12, 2018.

The country’s premier think tank Niti Aayog and Microsoft India have signed a partnership to deploy artificial intelligence based solutions across various sectors such as agriculture and healthcare. According to the agreement, Microsoft India will support Niti Aayog by combining the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas including agriculture and healthcare and the environment. Microsoft will also accelerate the use of AI for the development and adoption of local language computing, in addition to building capacity for AI among the workforce through education.

French Grocery Chain Integrates IBM’s Food Trust Blockchain – BLOCKCHAIN NEWS, October 13, 2018.

IBM has quietly built multiple blockchain technologies while more obviously innovating in spaces like artificial intelligence with its Watson technology. One area of keen interest as to what the blockchain is capable of is product information, tracking, and so forth. More specifically, food safety and supply chain transparency. Immutable ledgers and open databases are a boon to industries with often chaotic supply chains, and the food industry, from production to sales, is chief among these industries. IBM offers traditional businesses streamlined access to blockchain technology. The company has largely moved its operations into a Software-as-a-Service model, and food retailers are top among its targets. IBM was able to strike a deal with French company Carrefour, one of the largest multinational grocery chains in the world with over 12,000 locations. Carrefour has opted to integrate Food Trust, IBM’s tailored blockchain data system, as part of its supply chain.

Onshape lets engineers collaborate on 3D designs with Magic Leap’s AR glasses – Dean Takahashi, October 13, 2018.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Onshape is making its CAD app for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a lightweight, wearable computer that allows digital content to step out of the screen and into the real world. Engineers will be able to bring life-size 3D CAD models into their surroundings and collaborate on design changes. Onshape showed a demo of the tech at the L.E.A.P. Conference in Los Angeles this week. It was one of the few non-entertainment applications at the event, and it helps prove Magic Leap’s point that “spatial computing” could modernize a number of enterprise industries.

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