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Great Article on Augmemted Reality Insights: 4 Predictions for Mixed Reality from Magic Leap (Sarah Sloat)

Since it was founded in 2011, what Magic Leap has been working on has been shrouded in mystery. An augmented reality company that promises to do no less than change the world, the Florida-based startup and Google cash bucket has given some pretty amazing demonstrations. On Thursday at the Games for Change festival in New York City, Magic Leap’s Graeme Devine shared with an audience of developers and enthusiasts of “serious gaming” his predictions for how augmented reality will be integrated into regular peoples’ private lives — and gave everyone just a bit more insight into what will happen when the media starts integrating with reality…

Source: 4 Predictions for Mixed Reality from Magic Leap | Inverse

Totally amazed by the possibilities of Google’s Project Soli: touches interactions for next gen human-computer interfaces

Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects…

Source: Project Soli

Great Piece on how and why Google gets Corporate Innovation Right: Go Inside Google Brain (Greg Satell)

Apple fuses technology with design. IBM invests in research that is often a decade ahead of its time. Facebook “moves fast and maintains a stable infrastructure” (but apparently doesn’t break things anymore).

Each of these companies, in its own way, is a superior innovator. But what makes Google (now officially known as Alphabet) different is that it doesn’t rely on any one innovation strategy, but deploys a number of them to create an intricate — but powerful — innovation ecosystem that seems to roll out innovations by the dozens…

Source: Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

Apple in serious trouble? If Google’s right about AI, that’s a problem for Apple (

If the landscape shifts to prioritize those big-data AI services, Apple will find itself in a similar position as BlackBerry did almost a decade ago: what they’re able to do, despite being very good at it, won’t be enough anymore, and they won’t be able to catch up…

Source: If Google’s right about AI, that’s a problem for Apple –

Good background analysis: Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet (Mohit Aron)

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.

It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes in such different directions…

Source: Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet | TechCrunch

Fine Piece from a good Buddy: Messaging — A Game of Thrones (Malte von Medem)

Facebook is creating a new web. With one single King. We might want a “United Federation of Planets” instead.

The basic idea goes: Everyone uses Chat-Messengers. It is the dominant medium today.

The money bet goes: “(Chat) Conversation” is a great new way for businesses to interact with customers in a million ways. Creating a great platform and — if used dominantly — a new web over time.

Many great ideas from startups have been seen, messengers added platforms (Kik, Telegram, Slack, Skype, WeChat) & one player tries to own it all: Facebook…

Source: Messaging — A Game of Thrones — Medium

Awesome Longread: Clay Bavor, Google’s VP of VR, on His Plan to Make Virtual Reality Amazing for Everyone (WIRED)

IN LATE 2013, Clay Bavor began experimenting with teleportation. He paired an Oculus Rift headset to a robotic arm, upon which he mounted a couple of GoPro cameras. When he moved his head, the thinking went, the cameras would mimic the movement, acting as a second pair of eyes. If it worked, he’d be able to “teleport” himself (or his eyes, at least) a few feet away. He still has a video of the first time he ever got it running: There’s Bavor, tall and thin in a t-shirt and jeans, standing among the contraptions with the Rift on his face. He reaches out his arm, waving his hand in front of the cameras at his side while simultaneously seeing it in front of his face. “Whoaaa,” he says to himself. “This is crazy. This is like the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced.”…

Source: Clay Bavor, Google’s VP of VR, on His Plan to Make Virtual Reality Amazing for Everyone | WIRED

Great Overview on the M&A Race for AI: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple Grab and the Artificial Intelligence Startups they have grabbed

Over 60% of the AI companies acquired in the last 3 years had VC backing. There have been 4 major acquisitions already in 2016.

More than 20 private companies working to advance artificial intelligence technologies have been acquired in the last 3 years by corporate giants competing in the space, including Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Yahoo, Facebook, Intel, and, more recently, Salesforce. There have been 4 major acquisitions already in 2016…

Source: Race For AI: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple Grab Artificial Intelligence Startups

Comprehensive Overview of what Google is doing in FinTech (Let’s Talk Payments)

As FinTech is firing up operations across industries, tech companies have started feeling the urge to get involved in order to take advantage of the innovation wave and maintain relevance. There’s no need to even mention that tech companies have a direct interest in FinTech as the last one has the potential to significantly cut costs and optimize operations. While traditional players in the financial industry are expected to get their hands into FinTech, big tech companies are usually not very vocal when it comes to revealing their FinTech “affairs.”

One of the examples of a dark horse in FinTech is Microsoft which has a wide range of initiatives in FinTech and has recently went far with blockchain...


Source: What Is Google Doing in FinTech? | Let’s Talk Payments

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