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Smile Innovation’s Watch #11

Smile Innovation’s Watch #11

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Hoping every one of you has a good time for this end of year celebration, with friends, family, and we have a special thought for the ones who are alone in this holiday seasons. 🤝 This edition feature 3D printed 🏍 bike, neural network & 🧠 brain experiments, storing renewable produced energy in salt 🧂, autonomous 🚗 cars getting smarted and invisibility cape. 🧙‍♂️

We wanted to wish you all the best and a happy new year 2019 in advance. See you in 2019 for more innovation than ever. We have something cool coming for you for our firsts newsletter of 2019, so stay alert 🎁 👀.

This is Smile’s Innovation Watch.

Innovation • /ˌɪnəˈveɪʃən/

This is Nera, the 1st 3D printed motorbike

(read in 🇫🇷) The German firm BigRep just revealed the 1st electric bike produced by 3D printing. The unique design shows off all the liberty this production technique offers.

Buying bitcoins in tobacconists …

(read in 🇫🇷) It buzzed in all the French media 2 weeks ago, tobacconists will sell bitcoin. The information from Europe 1 has to be taken with special care.

Invisibility cape, nano-satellite: what’re the latest military innovations?

(read in 🇫🇷) Focus on the main innovation from the Forum Innovation Défense which was held in Paris end of November.

Huawei releases autonomous AI driving solution and demos cellular-connected cars

Next-generation cars will be able to communicate with each other and coordinate their actions to avoid accidents if targeted initiatives are widely adopted.

Neural network connected to a human brain

(read in 🇫🇷) Training a neural network to decode brain signal and send it to a robotic limb helped to improve the precision of prosthesis control.

Acquisition • /ˌakwɪˈzɪʃ(ə)n/

Pinterest preparing his IPO

The initial public offering is planned for April and the company could be evaluated to more than $12 billion. They will join the continually expanding group of company that will go for IPO in 2019, including Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Slack.

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates invest in storing energy in heated molten salt

Malta’s system involves electricity from solar panels being fed into a heat pump, which converts it into thermal energy. This is then stored as heat in “solar salt”, a nitrate that can store high temperatures, and as cold in an antifreeze liquid.

Privacy • /ˈpɹaɪ.və.si/

Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude

A start-up that requires prospective babysitters to hand over their social media accounts says it uses “advanced artificial intelligence” to assess a sitter’s risk of drug abuse, bullying and more.

Sweden’s Push to Get Rid of Cash Has Some Saying, ‘Not So Fast’

Cash is disappearing in the country faster than anyone thought it would. Now, officials are trying to slow its demise as they determine the societal costs.

Openness • /ˈəʊ.pən/ + /nəs/

Google seeks to grant $25 million to AI for ‘good’ projects

Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Monday that it would grant about $25 million globally next year to humanitarian and environmental projects seeking to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up and grow their efforts.

Congress votes to make open government data the default in the USA

The OPEN Government Data Act) is about to become law as a result. This codifies canonical principles for democracy in the 21st century. That’s a big step in the good path for #opendata. In Europe, several countries already support efforts for opening public data such as France and Luxembourg.

Fun • /fʌn/

That’s all folks!

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