Welcome to the Nelson Bostock Unlimited EDIT, our Friday afternoon newsletter packed with all the weird and wonderful things we’ve discussed, admired and frequented this week.
WHAT’S CAUGHT OUR EYE
Not a fan of needles? If news coming out of SXSW this week is anything to go by, the dread of an injection could soon be a thing of the past.
Portal Instruments has developed what they’ve described as a computerised injection system, which replaces a needle with a jet thinner than a human hair that’s fired into the skin. The demo they’ve been showing off shows the entire process could be completed in seconds, and has already been tested by over 300 people. The potential of this device is really exciting, and according to the company could be available on the market in the next two years.
Scientists at Oxford University claim they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans.
The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division.
“Watch, Attend and Spell”, as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get around 50% of the words correct. We know what you’re thinking, that’s not too impressive – well, when researchers supplied the same clips to professional lip-readers, they got only 12% right, leaving the system strides ahead in the latest round of man vs machine.
ONE TO WATCH
The autonomous driving race took another turn this week with news that Intel has announced a $15.3 billion (£12.5 billion) proposal to acquire Jerusalem-based technology firm Mobileye, developer of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies. With this the largest deal so far in the autonomous car market, many commentators see this move by Intel as the strongest yet in establishing autonomous technology as the next foundational technology. So it seems science fiction really is fast becoming a reality with Intel gearing up plans to put a fleet of autonomous vehicles on the road this year.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
This week we were thrilled to finally unveil our shiny, brand-new website! It showcases our wide array of capabilities as an agency, from what services we provide to our clients, to presenting the faces of our Unlimited Thinkers. We will also post regular updates on our blog, such as recent events we’ve attended or any awards we’ve won or been shortlisted for, so check back here for announcements and news updates. In addition, you can find more information about us under “About NB”. Enjoy!