Entries by Nisa Amoils

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CONVERGENCE OF BRAINS AND CHAINS

After many stops and starts it finally appears that we are on the verge of a true convergence explosion between Internet of Things (IOT), AI, and blockchain. Or in other words, the production of data, the consumption of data and the distribution of data. To review: IoT, pertains to the interconnectivity of the world around […]

LIGHTS, CAMERA, BLOCKCHAIN!

Despite the fact that the way motion pictures are made and seen hasn’t changed dramatically in the last century, there have been notable examples in the last twenty years of technological advances which have revolutionized the film industry. Streaming services have reshaped the way audiences watch movies or other content at home or on the […]

THE WOMEN MAKING AI LESS SCARY AND MORE ACCESSIBLE

“I’m close to artificial intelligence (AI) and it scares the hell out of me,” said Elon Musk during HBO’s Westworld panel at South by Southwest this year. “It’s capable of vastly more than anyone knows, and the improvement is exponential.” Musk cited the example of AlphaGo, Google DeepMind’s artificial-intelligence program best known as the first computer program to defeat a […]

ETHICAL AI: IS VR HARASSMENT THE SAME AS WORKPLACE HARASSMENT?

Recently, a woman told her story of being virtually groped in a leading virtual reality (VR) game called QuiVR. When she entered the game’s multi-player mode, a fellow gamer named BigBro442 began to fondle her Avatar. Now the company purposely built the game so each Avatar is physically gender neutral but they did allow these […]

FEMALE FOUNDERS STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO REACH VC GENDER EQUALITY

Fortune recently ran an interesting assessment of VC deals by gender and if you’re a glass-half-full person then you’ll be happy to learn that all-women founding teams received $1.9 billion in investment in 2017, which was up from $1.4 billion in 2016. Putting that sliver of hope off to the side, unfortunately the bad news […]

2018 CES HIGHLIGHTS

CES 2018 has now concluded and this year’s event was all about getting smarter – everything from speakers, appliances, robots and home goods are getting extra smart through AI and voice recognition. There were some really exciting innovations being released and showcased at CES this year and much of the excitement is about your voice […]

BILL GATES’ $80 MILLION SMART CITIES GAMBLE

Invariably at every panel discussion and keynote address this past week at CES there was talk of how smart cities growth will influence policies, transportation, cities and towns, our industry and our planet. The issue was given a drone-propelled boost when back in November Bill Gates’ company announced it was investing $80 million into a […]

FRONTIER EMERGING COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2018

AIRMAP Drone Operations Santa Monica, CA Number of employees-55 Why they’re on this list: The company recently became the second supplier of the LAANC system via their AirMap mobile app. In March, AirMap partnered with Rakuten to form a joint venture to bring unmanned traffic management to Japan.