Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Uber going from the digital realm into the physical
It seems that Uber is about to go from being a pure car-pooling service to becoming more like a traditional taxi company. Uber is planning to introduce electric cars in London this September, in collaboration with partners Nissan and BYD. At the same time, Uber is testing self-driving cars for their rides in Pittsburgh, USA. Moving from being an all-digital company to also taking control over the car fleet is a very interesting transformation of the Uber business model. As reported, it allows them to take a more active and leading position in the value-chain, and to push new technology out on the market together with partners. The next question is what this will mean for the Uber drivers and their cars?
Nurses in, doctors out?
Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery (meaning surgery inside someone’s eye). The robot is designed to perform keyhole surgery and is built to be exceedingly steady, it can move as little as 1/1000th of a millimeter at a time. This is done to eliminate any semblance of tremors in the surgeon’s hands — including even the smallest tics, like those generated by the doctor’s own heartbeat. Truly amazing technology, though it still requires human assistance – but for how long, and what does this say about surgeons in general? Healthcare is set to take big steps within the next decade using robotics and AI, and its probably safe to say that a few traditional doctor jobs will be lost to machines. The same goes for nursery, but might the real human touch and nursery in particular become more important if we phase out doctors and surgeons?
Hollywood studios to rethink their business models?
This Wednesday a new proposal with the aim of providing the European Union’s consumers with greater choice of digital streaming content was announced. The proposal is supposed to benefit Europeans by providing access to a huge catalog of movies and television programs that have so far been off limits between different countries in Europe. The winners of this new proposal would be the digital players, like Netflix, that offers video-on-demand services that may become increasingly available across the EU. However, Hollywood studios could see a drop in revenues if they can no longer sell their content on a country-by-country basis.
3D printing taking the next step?
Most of us know 3D printing as smaller gadgets that produce plastic parts, sunglasses, toys etc. But its true potential lies in industrial grade production, allowing for a much greater level of free form production. However the speed of production is yet to be fast enough. General Electric has bought two industrial 3D printing companies for $1.4bn, and are hoping to increase speeds over the next few years.