H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (1 April 2019) – How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data; IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game to become the “Netflix of Furniture”

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (1 April 2019) – How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data; IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game to become the “Netflix of Furniture”


  • China’s grocery delivery battle heats up with Meituan’s entry (TC)
  • How a Dying Factory Became a Symbol of China’s Tech Might; BOE builds OLED display capacity for foldable smartphones (Bloomberg)
  • Rakuten to book $990m profit from Lyft IPO (Nikkei)

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

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

  • Google’s Revived Robotics Department Prioritizes Powerful AI; Fewer humanoid robots, more sophisticated software. (Futurism)
  • How Netflix plans on owning your kids’ screen time; Inside the streaming giant’s modest-looking but no less ambitious animation studio. (FastCo)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese tech faces an innovation reality check as the economy cools and start-ups stumble; Even after a banner year for venture capital funding, some investors predict that as many as 90 per cent of Chinese tech start-ups are doomed to fail (SCMP)
  • Missing Unicorns Cast Doubt on Shanghai’s Tech Dream (Bloomberg)
  • South Korea’s burned out millennials choose YouTube over Samsung (Reuters)
  • Why Yatra doesn’t intend to go back to TV; The online travel aggregator was the first in its category to sign on Bollywood celebrities for big-bang advertisements, but says the medium turned into a double-edged sword (Forbes); Yatra’s eventful trip from buyer to buyout target (Forbes)
  • Nykaa on its way to become the next billion-dollar Indian company (BS)
  • Chasing the dream of seamless public-private transportation, Grab launches ‘trip planner’ in Jakarta; Rival Go-Jek pioneered a link up with Jakarta’s public bus network in 2015 but dropped the feature again (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How AI Is Reshaping Healthcare Data (CBI)
  • IKEA is getting into the FaaS (Furniture as a Service) game; IKEA Is Betting Millennials Would Rather Rent Furniture Than Own It (Barron’s)
  • Artificial intelligence group DeepMind readies first commercial product; Device can diagnose a range of eye diseases in real time as accurately as the best specialists (FT)
  • WeWork’s $1.9 Billion Loss Is A Typical Tech Bubble 2.0 Story (ZH); On-demand companies rewired our lives. Now they must survive Wall Street (CNN)
  • If Only Blockbuster had Listened to Enron …How Blockbuster Blew a Chance to Dominate Video-On-Demand. (Medium)
  • Robot ‘natural selection’ recombines into something totally new (Wired)
  • When a rose is not a rose: Defining the theme of robotics, automation & AI (RG)
  • 5G: Transforming Tomorrow with the Power of Data (RG)
  • End of arm tooling: The secret sauce of collaborative applications (TRR)
  • How Big Tech Is Finally Tackling Cybersecurity (CBI)
  • 50 Future Unicorns (CBI)
  • How the post Google, Facebook era could be ‘golden age’ for media (Age)


  • 4 practical facts about the human brain that can help you cultivate emotional resilience (FastCo)
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