In this week’s Brain Boost: Adidas’ robots, AI and humans, and getting started with crowdfunding.
Robotic manufacturing is going beyond cars for the first time. Adidas, the German sportswear company,
announced that the first ever robotic reproduced shoe line will be available to customers in 2017 and, though Adidas is not aiming for full robotic automation, it is looking to learn more about the possibilities of robotic manufacturing, starting with this for a series of shoes.
AI + Humans
However, on the other side of the Atlantic, the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing Conference wrapped up and one of the world’s foremost data scientists, Professor Sandy Pentland of MIT, says that artificial intelligence is best used in collaboration with humans. Professor Pentland says that one of the most common challenges to large organizations is delivering the right information to the right people at the
right time and he’s proposing that software developers use artificial intelligence programs to predict who needs what data when and where and then use the internal computing systems to deliver key figures, best practices, etc. at the right time to the right people.
If you’re interested in how artificial intelligence and humans can collaborate, you might want to check out Singularity University’s channel.
Getting started with crowdfunding
Pebble, which is the original SmartWatch, returned to Kickstarter this week and launched three new products. They were able to raise over six million dollars within 24 hours of launching and I think this is a great example of how smart digital and physical products companies are engaging their existing audiences.
Now might be the right time to start introducing your community to the idea of crowdfunding even if it’s just for a micro raise. Why not start with just a couple hundred dollars?
If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you might be interested in our free class.
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