Start Fast and Slowly Go Faster

Start Fast and Slowly Go Faster

Recently I took a group of 22 business women and men on a 7 day escorted innovation safari / trade mission deep into the heart of Israel’s Silicon Valley to discover, explore and find bleeding edge technologies and the people inventing them.

We explored the areas of AI, IoT, Health, Social Entrepreneurship, Blockchain, Mobility, Cybersecurity, FinTech and more and found technology that untangles traffic in real time, truly portable blood testing devices, the potential for invitro fertilisation with a 66% surety, AI and street cameras keeping us safe in real time, water purification systems for use in developing nations; a small device that when inserted into the soil monitors 24/7 soil condition, irrigation, root condition, fertilisation and more and these were only some of the feast of innovation, inventors and thought leaders we were privy to.

But as well as discovering incredible new tech, we also received a far more important gift, an understanding of why a country with only 8 million people, that has been in existence for 70 years and has no natural resources is able to lay claim to an innovation culture that makes 350 of the Fortune 500 companies want to set up offices and R&D departments there; where 700 start ups commence each year and at any time there are over 7000 active start ups many of whom go on to great success and even unicorn status.

Both the technology and the transferable lessons, of how to take a place, a company or a person from what seems like an impossible under-resourced position and turn them into a profitable, world renowned innovation machine are there for the taking and in this 1/2 podcast tour I share with you both the amazing bleeding edge technologies that we discovered and also the innovation lessons we learnt.

So get yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and let me show you around Innovation Central – Israel

Day 4 of A Futurist’s Silicon Valley Israel Safari

Can you imagine the changes to our transport system and roads and the increase in patronage if every bus and tram received priority on the road and never had to stop at a red light.

Our first stop yesterday at Axilion, not only imagined it, they built it. In Jerusalem their technology ensures that the light railway tram never stops anywhere along its 14 kilometres route for a red light, cutting a previous journey time of 80 minutes down to 49 minutes, resulting in an increase in patronage and revenue of 400%, a reduction in power use of 30%, and with the resulting efficiency the need for less fleet, resulting in a sale of 6 redundant trams, each sold for $60 million.

Their technology is currently being installed into New York’s infrastructure, with 5th Avenue its first destination and set to go live in February next year.

Moving on to Bright Innovations we heard a pitch from a software company that has taken an app store approach to providing internet of things software to fixed hard landscapes like roads and buildings, looking to provide the largest library of ready to use and easy to modify solutions.

Razor Labs was our next stop, to visit with a relatively new company, that earlier this year was voted Israel’s top provider of AI bespoke solutions. They blew us away with real live case studies of how a camera, or series of cameras, can monitor a situation 24/7 looking for what they call “false positives’”, things that are not normally there and then figure out what’s wrong with it and what should be done to fix it. Examples included watching violence erupt on the street and within 4 secs alerting the relevant authorities complete with a detailed history, photos, likely scenarios and resources need to stop the disturbance.

Our last stop for the day was a visit to Sight Diagnostics, who uses technology developed by MobileEye for autonomous car, to take 2 drops of blood, place them into a small lightweight totally portable testing machine and with 99% accuracy conduct comprehensive blood testing.

It doesn’t matter how many ideas we’ve seen and how many companies and people we visit we continue to be amazed, thrilled and scared.

Every idea is so mind blowing with possibilities. Each points so vividly to our future world, where what we currently do and have becomes obsolete and redundant.

Tomorrow we leave Tel Aviv and travel to Jerusalem to discover the future of medicine, health and longevity.

If you want more insights, want to be connected to any of these people, or just to chat about Israel’s innovation scene and perhaps find collaborators here for your great idea, DM me.

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Talking Smart Fridges @ #CES 2016 / It’s Just Not Cricket – ABC

samsung-refridgerator-ces-2016-2000-7454 Who can resist a talking smart fridge, not Glynn Greensmith of ABC’s It’s Just Not Cricket, who in one of our increasingly regular chats wanted to explore Samsung’s smart fridge on display at this years CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas.

For decades we’ve been promised an “all-knowing” smart fridge that lets you what it has inside of it and what it needs and this year we’ve seen the release of Samsung’s 3rd attempt at creating this with its AU$6,860 four door, 54.6cm gorilla glass touchscreen panel Chef Collection Fridge.

This offering will one day be hooked up with Amazon’s Alexa cloud connected Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant (although most probably not for another 12 months or so – even though it seems like a couple of simple lines of coding could do it now) to give you voice and additional smarts.

The voice activation coupled with the large screen would let you say “Alexa, check the milk” or “Alexa, play my favourite song, or “Alexa find me a You Tube on how to make chocolate biscuits” and off it goes.

Off site you use your phone app to look inside your virtual fridge to see what you have and don’t have. This is done by the fridge using a set of internal cameras to snap a shot of your contents each time you close the fridge door.

Additional soon to be features will add Pandora for music streaming, Sticki for shared family calendars and the ability to hook your fridge to a smart TV and all things internet.

In some limited geographies you’ll also be able to use MasterCard grocery to directly purchase from your fridge and Instacart to order groceries direct from WholeFoods.

Although this tech is not quite there, it is a hint of what’s to come. Samsung is well on the way to fulfilling its promise to make all of its products “Internet of Things” ready by 2020, manufacturers and suppliers are beginning to explore the possibilities and consumers are slowly warming to the idea.

Lots more to cover at CES so be listening next week as I do a wrap up on all things CES 2016, but for now have a listen to this segment (11 minutes 26 seconds).