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Month: March 2019

How John Deere Plans to Feed the World with Robotics

In episode 2 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of robotics expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. In episode 2, Zach Bonefas from John Deere discusses why it is crucial for the agriculture industry to adopt robotics. The global population will reach 10 billion people by 2050 and this will require growing fifty percent more food than we are growing right now. Meanwhile, the number of farmable acres is decreasing…

Lyft: Risky Valuation and No Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley produces a lot of winners; however, I believe investors should be careful with both of these IPOs due to bubble-like valuations, accelerating net losses, and a lack of geographic expansion opportunities. Yet, another concern is the liquidity event the large cap IPO provides, and the level of PR that can be bought leading up to the IPO, which will likely focus on the growing sales…

SoftBank: Increase ROI with Robotics and IoT Automation (Podcast)

The goal of automating entire processes, rather than individual tasks, is to remove the human from the equation in order to increase gross margin for return on investment (GMROI). As Kass Dawson of SoftBank discusses, the more inventory a retailer has in the store that is not selling, the less they’re making money, and they then lose out on an opportunity through over-indexed inventory…

PODCAST: How Do We Protect Autonomous Vehicles from Hackers When We Don’t Have a Human Driver? Steer Answers.

In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to support Beth’s production of Tech Lightning Rounds. Please Subscribe and Leave a Review for the Podcast Here In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, we interview Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer, who has a PhD in network security and has held executive-level security positions before founding…

“Algorithms are not biased; data is biased” – MWC 2019

AI may seem like an auxiliary technology to how we live our daily lives today, however, it will soon be the primary driver across the tech industry. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the world economy will reach an additional 15.7 trillion in value by 2030 due to artificial intelligence. To put this into perspective, the top 5 technology companies today have a combined value of about $4 trillion, which includes Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Over the next decade, AI will drive a market 5x the size of tech’s current global spend. Although this growth is exciting on many levels, the panelists at MWC 2019 voiced concerns about the handling of inherent biases that comes from data, as clearly discrimination by age, race, gender, education or other factors within audience segmentation is counterproductive to the advancement of society that AI promises.

MWC 2019: A Dose of Reality on 5G, Those Foldable Phones and Bitcoin Has a Serious Competitor

The financing firm Greensill puts the total cost for 5G at $2.7 trillion through the end of 2020. The issue is that it’ll take a few years to see any returns, which will put networks in the red until applications catch up. This, of course, is the fine print to 5G that the lights, camera and action of the booths at MWC didn’t portray. In fact, there was a panel where Mike Fries, the CEO of Liberty Global, pointed out that carriers in Europe have not recouped costs on 4G yet. “You’ve had 10 straight years of declining mobile revenues in Europe with the biggest issue being price,’ he said.

PODCAST: New episode with Robotics Experts from SoftBank, RoboKind and John Deere

Robotics can be a controversial topic as the advancement in automation is seen as a threat to employment. Beth Kindig interviews Kass Dawson of SoftBank Robotics and asks “Will robots take jobs,” after he explains how SoftBank intends to remove the human from the equation in retail. The podcast also features John Deere, who is using robotics to combat one of the biggest threats to our food supply — which is the growing population. Once we reach 10 billion people, food supplies become questionable. Lastly, Richard Margolin of RoboKind introduces his robot, Milo, who is helping autistic children increase engage 40x more in classrooms when compared to a human teacher.