Goldman Sachs Is a Technology Firm [Video]

As discussed in #hkuiom,  here is the original video where Lloyd Blankfein talks about Goldman Sachs now being a Technology Firm / Platform. Also interesting to hear Michael Bloomberg’s comments on how technology has changed the financial industry and firms.

 

Unmanned Trucks and More: Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future [Video]

In #hkuiom, we recently spoke about unmanned trucks and other forms of complex, autonomous systems that would revolutionize the supply chains of the future. Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program portends a future of convergence of unmanned systems, big data and virtual/augmented realities.

The most recent video is below:

 

Here is one of the earlier videos (circa 2012)

Is Cisco’s ‘Future Video’ on track?

In January 2012, Cisco released this ‘future’ video. Nearly two years hence, how much of this has come true? Are the linear trends projected in this video still valid or can we see some unimagined disruptions starting to unravel the way future was supposed to be?

Volkswagen’s Location Based Ad in Hong Kong [Video]

Earlier this year, Volkswagen used a location-based advertisement to convey the risks of texting and driving to movie watchers in Hong Kong. This highly effective campaign (video below) used a relatively well-established ‘old’ technique of location-based SMS (think geofencing plus SMS broadcasting). This is another in a series of increasingly sophisticated LBS campaigns being used by firms for marketing purposes (see an earlier example here).  However, this is just the tip of the iceberg – the convergence of SoMoLo,  ambient intelligence and digital wallets will automate several aspects of commerce.

 

The Apple Watch (iWatch) [Video]

The Apple Watch is finally here. This video, which was released four months ago, was pretty much accurate. With the exception of the NFC enabled payment system.

 

 

The Apple Watch might get Apple some more customers, and is another goodie for the fanboys to collect. However, it’s not clear if the iWatch has enough features to convince those of us who had forsaken a wristwatch for being a mono-functional device in a multi-functional world, to return to owning a timepiece. More discussions in #hkuiom !

Automated Warehouse [Video]

Remember Kiva from #hkuiom – the mobile robotics company that provided automated warehouse solutions? After its acquisition by Amazon, Kiva’s sales efforts went quiet and it seemed that the technology had become ‘internal’ to Amazon. Here’s Auto Store, which offers more a space efficient solution, mobile robot based warehouse solution. Another step towards a future of automated, cooperative, self-learning agents with distributed intelligence.