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Can Tesla do the impossible?

After Tesla’s huge success with Model 3 pre-orders many have questioned their capability to deliver on time. Now Elon has promised to ramp up production to 500 000 cars in 2018, which is two years earlier than previously said. “Tesla is going to be hell-bent on becoming the best manufacturer on earth,” Musk said. However recent callbacks of the company’s Model X and top manufacturing executives leaving the company makes its push towards 500k seem ever harder. They will have to master every single piece of the supply chain down to every detail, and a big part of that chain is Tesla’s own Gigafactory (delivering the batteries) which is also under construction. If this is even close to meeting the deadlines it will surely disrupt the industry, putting competitors behind not only on the car technology but also on manufacturing. Very important next few years for Tesla’s future!

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Delivery to your trunk in Stockholm

A few months back we wrote about Volvo unveiling a new concept for package delivery, to the trunk of your car. Now the service has finally gone live and is starting off in Stockholm with a collaboration between Volvo and startup Urb-it. Volvo will expand to several European cities this year and to more than 200 cities globally by 2025. The person delivering the package will be assigned a one-time digital key for access to the trunk. Interesting to see if this takes off!

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The Cognitive Dress – by Watson

The blog has been interested in IBM’s supercomputer Watson for a long time, and now the AI has made its debut as a fashion designer! A recent Vouge gala featured a dress made by IBM in collaboration with the British designer Marchesa. The dress was embroidered with 150 LED lights, all connected to an API that interpreted the emotional content of tweets tagged with the name of the gala. As the tone of the tweets changed during the night, the lights were able to change color based on the domination of five on forehand chosen color hues tagged to emotions such as ”joy” (a rose color) or ”excitement” (a blue color).
This is a fairly straightforward application of Watson’s capabilities. Even though the case is rather incurious, it is a typical example of how we can make good use of computing power to make well educated decisions!

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