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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 January 2019) – AI Is About To Take The Ship’s Helm Away From Humans; AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source + Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong; Why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 January 2019) – AI Is About To Take The Ship’s Helm Away From Humans; AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source + Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong; Why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it.

Companies

  • Restaurants face higher costs as food-delivery platforms hike fees, again; The latest increases underscore growing pressure on platform operators such as Meituan and Ele.me to improve profitability. (Technode)
  • Lifull Home’s launches property search engine (AIM)
  • Boeing enlists Japan Inc. in pursuit of electric planes; Sinfonia Technology and unlisted Tamagawa Seiki will lend their expertise in small motors. Aerospace giant seeks cooperation in motors, lightweight materials and factory automation (Nikkei)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung, Softbank

  • Alibaba faces growing regulatory threat as China’s economy falters; Pressure from Beijing expected to weigh on investors more than country’s slowdown (FT)
  • Alibaba Confident in China Sales Despite ‘Troubling Headwinds’ (WSJ)
  • Alibaba.com wants to move offline trade shows like CES into the online world (SCMP)
  • WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba (TC)
  • TSMC’s $43 Billion Wipeout Will Only Get Worse, Analysts Say (Bloomberg)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Why Amazon Go May Soon Change The Way We Shop (Forbes)
  • Microsoft’s Security Business Should Be on Investors’ Radar, Analyst Says; “Investors in rivals such as Symantec, Proofpoint and Okta now need to keep a closer eye on Microsoft” (Barron’s)
  • 2019: The year Nvidia gets serious about robots (TNW)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots; The robot revolution will have to wait at the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which is laying off low-performing droids (WSJ)
  • Japan warms to cool delivery lockers as online food sales surge; Companies testing market for refrigerated parcel boxes at condos and homes (Nikkei)
  • Media startup Blank seeks KOSDAQ listing (Investor)
  • How mobile payment giants in Indonesia can quit the subsidy rat race (TIA)
  • OnePlus is crushing Apple’s iPhone dream in India (qz)
  • 2018: Year of unicorns (Forbes)
  • Indonesia’s e-commerce tax plan faces resistance (Star)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source (Stratechery)
  • AI is becoming more human, and 3 additional trends to watch in this space (e27)
  • Salesforce Commerce Cloud updates keep us shopping with AI-fueled APIs (TC)
  • Health tech: spin-doctors; It makes sense for the largest IT companies to look for a way in (FT)
  • Collaborative transport model aims to disrupt the disrupters; Here works across the mobility market to optimise services, reducing traffic and pollution (FT)
  • Robot surgeons lack tactile sensation to replace humans; Suturing device reduces time to make stitch from 25 seconds to one-third of a second (FT)
  • A Slack Direct Listing Could Tempt Other Tech Unicorns — But It’s Unlikely To Challenge The Traditional IPO (Forbes)
  • Artificial Intelligence Comes To The Construction Site: Startup Pillar Technologies Flags Problems Before Disaster Hits (Forbes)
  • How Algorithms Are Taking Over Big Oil; With the help of artificial intelligence, BP says it needs 40% fewer workers to keep its natural gas flowing in Wyoming. (Forbes)
  • AI Is About To Take The Ship’s Helm Away From Humans (Forbes)
  • How NBC’s New Streaming Service Stacks Up Against the Competition (Barron’s)
  • National Health Service trials AI software to diagnose breast cancer; Kheiron’s test in England aimed at helping hospitals cope with shortage of radiologists (FT)
  • The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More (HBR)
  • Fintech firms want to shake up banking, and that worries the Fed (Reuters)

Life

  • Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong; Why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it. (Vox)
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