This Week In Digital – Week 28, 2019

Microsoft launches AI for Cultural Heritage program, Introducing Azure Lighthouse, Announcing preview of Azure Data Share, Samsung Releases a Blockchain SDK for Dapp Creation, Google’s Local Home SDK makes smart home control faster, more reliable and many more. Here’s your weekly update of This Week In Digital covering all the latest tech developments around the world.

Google’s Local Home SDK makes smart home control faster, more reliable – Abner Li, July 09, 2019.

In addition to a slew of user-facing Assistant features at I/O 2019, another way Google is improving the experience of using Google Home and Nest Displays is through the Local Home SDK. This new local technology will deliver faster commands to your smart home accessories. At a high-level, commands issued to Google Home today are first processed in the cloud and then sent to smart devices, like connected light bulbs.

Samsung Quietly Releases a Blockchain SDK for Dapp Creation – John Biggs, July 10, 2019.

Samsung quietly released access to what they’re calling Samsung Blockchain that “helps developers to manage blockchain accounts easily.” Simple enough. Sadly, the rest of the description is a bit more opaque. “In addition, DApp does not need to make separate types of transaction that follows coin types by themselves anymore,” wrote Samsung. “The SDK offers a payment gateway for cryptocurrency remittance with its UI.

Announcing preview of Azure Data Share – Mike Flasko, July 11, 2019.

In a world where data volume, variety, and type are exponentially growing, organizations need to collaborate with data of any size and shape. In many cases data is at its most powerful when it can be shared and combined with data that resides outside organizational boundaries with business partners and third parties. For customers, sharing this data in a simple and governed way is challenging.

Facebook VP: AI has a compute dependency problem – Khari Johnson, July 11, 2019.

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jérôme Pesenti expressed concern about the growing amount of compute power needed to create powerful AI systems. “I can tell you this is keeping me up at night,” Pesenti said. “The peak compute companies like Facebook and Google can afford for an experiment, we are reaching that already.”

Microsoft launches AI for Cultural Heritage program – Kyle Wiggers, July 11, 2019.

In June 2017, Microsoft launched AI for Earth, a $50 million program that’s provided cloud-based tools and services to dozens of startups working to protect the planet. In the intervening years, the Seattle company expanded the scope of its “AI for good” work with AI for Accessibility (in May 2018) and AI for Humanitarian Action (in September 2018), both of which are a part of a $125 million, five-year commitment to teams tackling some of society’s biggest challenges.

Introducing Azure Lighthouse – Erin Chapple, July 11, 2019.

Partners are at the heart of incredible innovation stories on Azure, lighting up the path to success for our customers. Today, we are launching the general availability of Azure Lighthouse, capabilities for cross customer management at scale for partners to differentiate and benefit from greater efficiency and automation. Our partners who used this new capability early on are fans!

From context to solution, using AI to keep your customer happy – Sonia Paul, July 11, 2019.

At Transform 2019 today, Ryan Lester, senior director of customer experience technologies at LogMeIn, said companies should not just think about AI from a bot perspective, but rather from multiple perspectives. And while many companies have begun exploring AI applications for customer service, he sees the current environment as ripe for advancement.

Catalytic: ‘RPA is the gateway drug for AI’ – July 12, 2019.

The immediate benefit of RPA is that it can eliminate a lot of repetitive manual labor and free up humans for what they are better at. But there’s also a side effect. RPA helps enterprises create a standardize framework for capturing data about how they execute processes as well as data about how processes can get delayed or stalled.


Brainworks uses smartphone camera and AI to detect your heart rate, breathing – Dean Takahashi, July 13, 2019.

Brainworks is combining artificial intelligence and simple smartphone camera images to automatically detect someone’s heart rate or breathing rate. And that’s just one of the avenues the Emeryville, California-based company is pursuing in its work to use intelligent ambient biometric sensors to improve health care. Brainworks CEO Phillip Alvelda spoke at our VB Transform AI event on Thursday, and he demoed the technology in real time, both onstage and in an interview.

Microsoft is closing down asset platform Remix 3D – Jamie Feltham, July 14, 2019.

Microsoft is getting rid of its answer to Sketchfab and Google Poly early next year. Remix 3D, the company’s online hub for storing 3D assets, will be ‘retiring’ on January 10, 2020. A message at the top of the site’s page confirms as much. In an FAQ, the company instead suggests users turn to its OneDrive platform as the “ideal platform for sharing your 3D models.” Microsoft hopes to “streamline our offerings in this space” with this move.

MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane – Kyle Wiggers,

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time.







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