I'm Not A Robot

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On November 15, 2018, Gavin commented on Open Innovation at NASA: Impact in Culture :

I talked to a NASA engineer about this topic and she made a great point. The innovation and hard work needed to advance our space-faring capabilities has a lot of exciting and fun parts everyone wants to be a part of, but it also has a lot of dirty work and paperwork which is also very important and in need of innovation, but less interesting from the open public perspective. These open innovation projects may also cause NASA to do a lot more of this dirty work and pull people within the organization away from other projects and give them less satisfaction. THeir takeaway was that there needs to be a balance in both original nasa scientist driven work important for the long term and open innovation led work.

I had similar concerns with the structural integrity of AM parts in crucial parts of airplanes which may be load bearing. One area of the military which is resource strapped and may not require such load bearing necessity is in medical supplies in field trauma hospitals. Hard splints, props, and surgical tools could be supported by AM parts. I know there is also research into fabric-based automated additive manufacturing, which I think would also be very helpful for supplying bandages, wraps, and other medical and military resources.

On November 15, 2018, Gavin commented on Safilo: 20/20 Vision, Or In Need of Better Sight? :

Safilio’s situation reminds me of the stories of Kodak I have heard from WIlly Shih. They are an established brand with a high quality product, but the landscape is changing and will leave them behind if they don’t change their business model radically in the next 5-10 years or less. They are aware of the technology that will disrupt them, but there is a real risk that in a world of 3D printed glasses, they will not be competitive with upstart, small, Indian companies. If there is some way they can use their expertise to turn their now-commoditized product into a service offering like design or personalization as a service, that may help them adapt. They may also be able to adapt to new markets like VR optics, or optical sensors, to build new opportunities for growth.

While startup accelerators are interesting ways of fostering external sources of innovation which can eventually be acquired, I feel like Barclays as a larger organization could benefit even more from fostering a global internal culture of innovation further. Internal hackathons, dedicated and encouraged 20% time, and intrapreneurship with budgets and resources are all things I have seen work well within Google, Microsoft and other companies, and I feel like Barclays would do well to experiment with.

This is a very well written vision and I love the clear infographics. You note that your two biggest challenges for implementation are data and annotation. However, I believe the biggest challenges you will face in adoption will be outcomes evidence and time savings. Right now, having witnessed robotic colorectal surgery, there is still significant negative opinion among physicians and surgeon regarding whether surgical robotics are worth the investment. Right now, many have expressed the sentiment that it mainly has built PR for hospitals to attract high paying customers, which is a concern that will need to be addressed. Talking to them, they have said they do not believe that patients have better outcomes with robotic surgeries when compared to manual surgeries, and the cumulative additional setup time causes the surgeries to take more time and reduce the ability of surgeons to see as many patients. These are are not insurmountable problems, but I would recommend highly prioritizing innovation effort to directly respond to them as much as possible.

Best of luck!

@Up! I really like your idea for moving from search into creations of new personalized content.

My concern about visual search for fashion is that this doesn’t fit into people’s daily workflow very well. I find it hard to think of many situations where I have a piece of clothing in front of me and I feel a desire to see other options which are roughly similar. Personalized recommendations if done right, could drive action however and be appreciated. I think that something like the Echo Show home fashion camera is an interesting innovation growing on this idea. [1] They recommend using it for taking pictures of our outfits each day and cataloging styles, and use it to recommend purchases.

[1] “Amazon’s Echo Look fashion camera is now available to everyone in the US” https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/6/17431486/amazon-echo-look-style-assistant-camera-alexa-now-available