While the world may have been thrown for a loop with the COVID-19, AI startups have a decent chance to weather the economic storm.

Here are some factoids via Forbes.

  • There are 9,216 startups and companies listed in Crunchbase today who are relying on machine learning for their main and ancillary applications, products, and services, a 6% increase from 2019’s 8,705 startups & companies.
  • Artificial Intelligence-related companies raised $16.5B in 2019, driven by 695 deals according to PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report, Q1 2020.
  • Artificial intelligence deals decreased in Q1, 2020, down to 148 deals from 164 in Q4, 2019, according to PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report, Q1 2020.

Here’s a look at the new Raspbian update 5th Feb 2020.

Full list of changes below the video.


* Version 3.2.6 of Thonny included – significant improvements in speed, particularly when debugging
* Version 1.0.4 of Scratch 3 included – adds new “display stage” and “display sprite” blocks to SenseHAT extension, and loading of files from command line
* Version of Flash player included
* Version 1.0.3 of NodeRED included
* Version 6.6.0 of RealVNC Server and version 6.19.923 of RealVNC Viewer included – adds support for audio
* Version 78.0.3904.108 of Chromium included
* Mesa updated to 19.3.2 for OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance
* Pixel doubling option added in Raspberry Pi Configuration on platforms using FKMS display driver
* Orca screen reader added to Recommended Software
* Code The Classics Python games added to Recommended Software
* File manager – new “places” pane added at top of sidebar to show mounted drives in simplified view; “new folder” icon added to taskbar; expanders in directory browser now correctly show state of subfolders
* Multiple monitor support improved – alignment of icons on second desktop corrected, Appearance Settings opens on correct tab when launched from context menu
* Raspberry Pi Touchscreen correctly aligned with display
* System clock synchronised before installing new packages in startup wizard and Recommended Software
* Mixer dialogs added to taskbar volume plugin; separate Audio Preferences application removed
* Raspberry Pi Configuration – separate tab added for display options; screen blanking control added
* Volume taskbar plugin and raspi-config modified to support separate ALSA devices for internal audio outputs (analogue and HDMI 1 and 2)
* Robustness improvements in volume, ejecter and battery taskbar plugins
* Movement of mouse pointer to menu button on startup now controlled by point_at_menu parameter in Global section of lxpanel configuration file
* Ctrl-Alt-Del and Ctrl-Alt-End shortcuts added to open shutdown options box
* Ctrl-Shift-Esc shortcut added to open task manager
* Enabled NEON routines in OpenSSL
* Linux kernel 4.19.93
* Raspberry Pi firmware 67392a7a32bddad7f571047fccafca9eeb65d29c

In this special episode, Principal Program Manager, Chris Segura, and Forbes Tech Council member, Mike Walker, talk about what they see as the top blockchain trends for 2020 and what they are hearing from companies deploying solutions.

Trend 1: Practical Blockchain Emerges

  • Blockchain is being leveraged in practical use cases today and are expanding in scope and scale over the next three to five years. This also means creating fit for purpose implementations of blockchain. In some cases breaking norms of permissionless blockchains to shift to permissioned blockchains.

    According to the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey, 60% of CIOs expect some kind of blockchain deployment in the next three years. This is also combined with blockchain will be scalable technically, and will support trusted private transactions with the necessary data confidentiality.

Trend 2: Convergence of the Trinity of Digitization (Blockchain + AI + IoT)

  • Blockchain on its own can provide limited value. Focus on the business solutions where blockchain will provide digital differentiation. Leveraging IoT to reach into the physical and analog world, and AI to provide the orchestration and intelligence to data is a symbiotic

Trend 3: Shift to Digital Ecosystems

  • As blockchain becomes a critical part of an organizations digital business transformation journey, blockchain is increasingly used as a critical enabler of digital ecosystems. This is sometimes referred to also as blockchain consortiums. However, digital ecosystems are much more than a consortium.

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