🚗 Driverless cars | 📚 New Research on Social Media, UKtech and AI | webVR arrives and of course book corner

A focus on driverless cars and its ramifications this week, followed by some great research from Niel
🚗 Driverless cars | 📚 New Research on Social Media, UKtech and AI | webVR arrives and of course book corner
By Connected Paths (Riaz Kanani) • Issue #10
A focus on driverless cars and its ramifications this week, followed by some great research from Nielsen, Techcity and PwC. Lego could be about to invade your walls and ceilings soon before wrapping up with a look at the world of gaming and a new amazing books from Sheryl Sandberg and Eric Ries.
Bio: Riaz has spent 20 years in marketing tech - building a global video advertising network, launching the first cinematic release of a movie online, exiting to and then scaling Silverpop’s marketing internationally. More here.
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Bicycle/Coffee shop near Old Street, London
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Driverless cars are not just coming they are already here albeit in very low numbers and requiring the driver to be able to intervene when necessary. The manufacturers themselves can’t agree on timelines just yet, though I wonder how much of this is bluff vs actually being behind. It is getting competitive with huge markets at stake.
Tesla is the fastest in getting this tech into the public’s hands and has been frequently sending updates to its cars. Like the mobile phone industry though, some updates just will not work on older models and this suggests a shift in the way we buy cars in the future. At least with Tesla, it makes sense to have some sort of hardware upgrade path built in though a new car every 12 months might be pushing it ;)
When a company owns the software and only licenses it to the user, a situation can arise similar to what’s been happening with John Deere tractors. John Deere licenses its software and makes it unusable if a license is not paid for. This means that when an unauthorised part is installed, the farmer has to pay a fee to allow someone to come out and authorise it. The result? Farmers have been turning to Ukrainian hackers to break the locks. Read more here.
Alongside Tesla, the likes of Uber, Lyft and Waymo are also building driverless fleets and they have a different view of the world. In their eyes most of us will never even own a car, using their fleets instead. IDEO is even getting in on the act, designing a communal car. See it here.
A week of research
The millennials are addicted to social but Generation X more so? New research by Nielsen goes deep into whats happening in social media. The amount of time spent on Facebook vs other networks is astonishing. Download the research here.
Tech City meanwhile have released their digital innovation report and it shows (unsurprisingly) that London is at the forefront across Europe, whilst the regions outside London are seeing increasing investment. Don’t forget to click the menu items at the top.. I almost missed them. Read here.
Finally, PwC’s latest research finds that workers in wholesale and retail sectors are at highest risk from breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence. (HT Rahim)
Mind the Lego
Anyone with kids will have gone through the pain of treading on Lego left lying around. Well prepare to have it on your walls and ceilings as there is a new project on Indiegogo which allows you to tape Lego to anything. It has raised an astonishing $1.5m so far. Wall of Lego anyone? See the project here.
Snowcrash coming soon?
1843 magazine looks at young unemployed men who are spending their days glued to their console playing games. The article looks at this rising trend and the addictive nature of gaming.  (HT Steve). The increasing submersion of virtual reality will only increase this trend further. You can see some of the projects appearing next month at Tribeca here.
Of course, its still very early in the journey for Virtual Reality. One thing that looks set to speed this up though is the increasing adoption of WebVR, which will allow you to experience VR through your browser (obviously with a headset today). Read more here.
Gaming can also be lucrative it turns out - Bloomberg look at a billion dollar industry - with leading sports e-gamers being signed up by professional football clubs and annual competitions drawing huge crowds. Las Vegas now has its own eSports venue.
In the book corner
For those in the world of building businesses, one of the go to books of the last decade has been the Lean Startup by Eric Ries. It was truly revolutionary and highlighted how you could bring a product to market and innovate quickly. Eric has since spent time since then working with some of the biggest companies in the world - including GE and Toyota and Pitney Bowes, helping them change into more agile and smarter companies. You can pre-order here.
Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook) has released a new book, Option B, on resilience, perseverance and rediscovering joy. It is made up partly of her personal experiences following her husband passing away, her journals and partly from the work of Adam Grant and other psychologists on resilience. There are also stories of people who have braved many different kinds of adversity—from job loss to illness to abuse to everyday setbacks and disappointments. These stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit not only to persevere … but to rediscover joy. More here.
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