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Artificial Intelligence: Marty the Robot Hunts for Spills in Supermarket Aisles

Marty the supermarket robot is rather smart. Armed with three high-resolution cameras, computer vision, navigation systems, numerous sensors, and smart AI software, Marty is able to sidestep shoppers and pinpoint spills. Marty is a social robot and the first of its kind to be deployed in a live customer environment in supermarkets.

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Digital Assets: Bitfinex Launches Margin Trading for Tether Gold (XAUt)
January 31, 2020

Bitfinex, the Hong Kong-based crypto exchange, commenced margin trading for Tether Gold with US dollar (XAU₮/USD), tether (XAU₮/USD₮), and bitcoin (XAU₮/BTC) on Thursday at 2:00 PM UTC. This follows the…
Liquid Alternatives: Short the Pandemic! Buy an Inverse China ETF
January 31, 2020

As the Chinese coronavirus endemic gathers momentum, gloom and doom prognostications on the Chinese economy are quickly out of the gate. Short the Pandemic! Buy an Inverse China ETF. It’s…
Venture Capital: Why Traditional VCs Avoid Startups in Defense and Aerospace
January 31, 2020

Brian Schettler, the head of Boeing’s HorizonX venture fund, talks to DefenseNews. Boeing’s HorizonX venture fund has invested across 25 companies. Each investment is less than $10 million, and the…
Artificial Intelligence: Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, Pentagon’s AI Chief to Retire
January 31, 2020

The Pentagon is due to announce today the retirement in summer of Lt Gen Jack Shanahan, the first Director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre (JAIC), says C4ISRNET. In…
Private Equity: Unigestion Boosts New Fund, Aviva Investors Launches High Yield Fund
January 31, 2020

Unigestion, a Swiss-based PE firm, has launched a new Luxembourg-domiciled fund. Its Unigestion Secondary V will focus on secondary opportunities and deals below 50 million euros. “Unigestion follows a rigorous…
Private Equity: Apollo Global Management Reports Earnings
January 30, 2020

Apollo Global Management earnings arrived this morning. Apollo reported fee-related earnings of $0.59 per share for the quarter and $2.19 per share for the full year. That is a gain…
Real Estate: Catalyst Opportunity Funds Completes Three Projects
January 30, 2020

Catalyst Opportunity Funds, an investment firm focused on Opportunity Zone investments, has completed investments for its first three projects. Catalyst’s initial developments will convert underutilized real estate into high-impact office,…
FinTech: Digital Lending Platform LendUp Notches Up $2B in Loans
January 30, 2020

Ethical online lender LendUp announced Thursday its achievement of having disbursed aggregate loans worth $2 billion on its platform. Founded in 2012, the company’s main goal is to help anyone…
Artificial Intelligence: AI Joins Battle Against Skin Cancer
January 30, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping in the diagnosis of skin cancers such as melanoma. It’s early days yet, but artificial intelligence is proving to be a promising resource in the…
Venture Capital: Melinda Gates’ Incubation Firm Pivotal To Invest $50M for Women’s Equality in Tech
January 30, 2020

Over the next five years, Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company, will invest $50 million to create more opportunities in the tech sector for women. Last year,…

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