For this second edition of our watch, we wanted to show you an amazing picture first. The latest TIME’s cover, made by 958 drones working altogether. Then we’ll talk Machine Learning, of course, Magento’s acquisition by Adobe, Privacy in the field of home assistants & news about new digital products and one failure (that’s how everyone learns isn’t it?).
This is Smile’s Innovation’s watch 🤓
TIME's Latest Cover Photo is a Drone Photo of 958 Drones
Borrowed from Middle French innovation, from Old French innovacion, from Late Latin innovatio, innovationem, from Latin innovo, innovatus. Something new, and contrary to established customs, manners, or rites.
Google introduced Duplex, a new technology for Google Assistant that enable natural speaking over the phone. In other terms, Google Assistant will call people for you to take an appointment or book a table, and no ones can distinguish it from a genuine human conversation.
The CNCF is incubating a new specification: cloudevents, that aims to standardize event based message between cloud providers. Why is it a big deal? With the rise of IoT and the serverless movement, it could simplify developers life!
Once a year Apple invites all iOS, TVOS, MacOS developers to gather on a big event called WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference). It’s always a good opportunity for them to inform people about various upcoming software features on their devices. This year, the focus was on Augmented Reality 2.0, Machine Learning, Siri Shortcuts (to talk only about iOS). The next version of MacOS will be named Mojave and will bring a dark mode and improved and enhanced continuity features.
Adobe is consolidating its power in the field of website production by filling the gap in terms of online retailing solution. Adobe Experience didn’t quite allow you to run a proper business online so Magento jump on board to help Adobe reach new customers & market.
If you are familiar with La quadrature du net you will not be surprised by the tone of the article. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to (re)think how we are building our products, especially when they are handling so much (very) private user data. That’s why we, at Smile, we also chose to work with open-source technology and work to teach our customers about privacy issues.
Snips is the first Voice Platform where you can build a Voice Assistant that is Private by Design.
Recently Snips announced an upcoming ICO to build an ecosystem where contributors get paid when the help enhance the system by either adding news skills to the skills store or when they help train new models. In addition Snips also announced Snips Air, a private-by-design decentralized voice assistant where pieces of the system (understand different IoT objects) collaborate to solve your intents. They plan on creating pieces of hardware themselves (Air Base and Air Satellites) by collaborating with makers. This is all pretty neat and exciting.
It’s interesting how I (Fabrice) feel exactly like this. What refrains me the most about voice assistants is giving orders. As a manager, I always tend to kindly ask, why should I suddenly be so authoritative?
Following the SO-LO-MO (stands for Social, Local & Mobile), Tinder release Places (only in Sidney, Brisbane & Santiago), a new way to discover people that go on the same (public) places than you. Creepy or Genius? They seem to have covered their users against possible stalkers using some privacy by design features.
Airbnb Stories let the user create their own mini-trip journal whenever they stay at a place booked on their platform. Using User Generated Content to improve the quality of picture & genuine stories that will make you want to book the same trip than other people.
The population information & alert system: an essential system, weakened by a lack of ambition and usage of proprietary solutions with few interoperability possibilities, and an undersized IT infrastructure.