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Our panellists share their insights to a packed room of guests from across industries at The Shard

Innovation Masterclass:
Leaders’ Guide to Innovation

A few weeks ago, we hosted our inaugural innovation masterclasswhere we explored the theme of how to push innovation through large organisations. We were joined by speakers from the BBC, Good Energy and HSBC.

For those who couldn’t make it, we’ve created a podcast — tailor-made for your commute.

By Rob Pisacane, Strategy & Partnerships Lead


The Internet plastered Nicolas Cage’s face everywhere but things quickly became darker

AI’s Jekyll and Hyde tendencies

DeepMind and Deepfakes. The former has partnered with the NHS and Moorfields Eye Hospital to diagnose eye diseases by analysing medical images. The technology is set for clinical reviews pending the outcome of peer review. The latter? A bad actor that used the power of deep learning to create pornography featuring unsuspecting victims.

What unites the two is that both used Google’s open source Machine Learning framework, Tensorflow.

AI has shown its ability to advance the human race as well as act as a menace to it. A stark illustration, in the space of a few days, of what the democratisation of AI by big tech companies could mean for society.

By Jeevan Jayaprakash, Strategist


China: a rising power in AI

China’s AI capabilities are catching up to those of the US. Google and Amazon have succeeded because of their first-mover advantage, but Chinese players such as Alibaba and Baidu are making serious progress (both released voice assistants in 2017).

The 21st century has been said to be both the Asian Century and the AI century — could there be a link? Will the smart homes of the future be powered by Chinese AI, similar to how Japanese consumer electronics infiltrated western households in the late 20th century?

By Oliver Iyer, Strategist


Mozilla looks to wrestle back power on consumers’ behalf

Speaking of smart homes and the Internet of Things, Mozilla announced that they are working on an API and an accompanying hub that can connect smart devices no matter what proprietary API they
are using
.

Good news if you’re afraid that Amazon will take over every device you own and infiltrate your life…

By Oliver Iyer, Strategist


The young interns who created Ink to Code. Image credits: Microsoft

Microsoft interns take the ‘rapid’ in ‘rapid prototyping’ to a new level

There is clearly something that is still quite alluring about paper.
It’s where most designers start. In a typical workflow, these sketches tend to be turned into digital designs and then eventually a functioning prototype.

However, Microsoft interns decided to streamline this process by creating an app, Ink to Code, that will interpret quick sketches and then translate this into Visual Studio (where code is written) seamlessly.
The app can recognise elements such as buttons and placeholder images, making the prototyping process that bit more rapid.

We’re interested to see where this one goes.

By Jeevan Jayaprakash, Strategist


Will fellow Android manufacturers mimic the Essential Phone? Image credits: Business Insider

Rumours suggest Android P is set to support an iPhone X style notch

Apple have been responsible for setting the standard in a number of areas — they phased out floppy drives and CD drives and were also responsible for ushering in the end of phones with physical keyboards. What Apple says tends to go.

Now, it looks like the iPhone X’s ‘notch’ is expected to proliferate with Google set to overhaul Android P (Pistachio Ice Cream apparently!) to cater for a notch.

This will allow manufacturers to include face-scanning technology in order to address any perceived technological deficit between Android devices and iPhones as they ramp up their efforts to attract iPhone customers.

By Jeevan Jayaprakash, Strategist


WIRED’s March 2018 cover features a battered and bruised Zuckerberg. Image credits: WIRED

A window into a tumultuous 2 years at Facebook

It has been impossible to miss the fact that Facebook has been going through a very tough time of late. Faced with accusations of not doing enough to prevent Russian agents from interfering with the democratic process and even blamed for destroying the social fabric that stitches communities together by previous company executives, this excellent long read from WIRED lifts the curtain on it all.

It provides fascinating insights into how this all played out from within the company’s walls in Menlo Park.

By Rob Pisacane, Strategy & Partnerships Lead


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