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On November 15, 2018, SAML2020 commented on Open Innovation in the NFL: Player Safety :

It is interesting to see a large body like NFL involving crowd sourced designs for a something as critical as head injuries, something that can threaten the very participation into the game. In that context, it is sad to see a dismal amount of $1.3M being used to spur innovation. Large scale manufacturers are currently unwilling to spur a change, and this makes it even more important for NFL to invest more into this development. Perhaps, partnering with other sports, or exploring areas like 3D printing would lead to the much needed innovation!

Great article! Two areas where I would love more thoughts are around quality of content and achieving a critical mass of users. The quality of a platform is naturally going to depend on the dept of the ideas and hence it would be interesting to see how Bounty is looking to build the requisite critical mass. Additionally, a natural downside to crowd sourced content is the possible misuse of the open platform. It would be interesting to see how this evolves!

On November 15, 2018, SAML2020 commented on Driving the Growth of Solar Energy Through Machine Learning :

Great read! I think the biggest challenge with solar developments is the lack of multiple complete cycles especially given a lot of growth has been seen in the recent years, and this industry has long project life. It is very interesting to see how the use of data can further lower the risk perception of investors, especially in developing markets, and hence lead to large scale deployments across the globe!

Thanks for sharing such an interesting read! Its great to know that bio-printing has such a high potential to address limitations facing the field. However, I’d be interested to know about the application of this technology to other areas. To give an example based on my limited understanding, our precision with imaging all body parts is spread across a large spectrum. What are the key improvements that would aid the spread of this to other areas? Additionally, what are your thoughts around the adoption of this by surgeons, given the already stretched bandwidth?

On November 15, 2018, SAML2020 commented on A Tactical Advantage? Additive Manufacturing in the US Military :

Great read Dan! I think this perfectly ties with how the military has been at the forefront of developing and applying many innovations in the past. However, two things that came to my mind were the aspects around reliability and safety. Unlike many other industries, the scope focus on perfection has to be to the dot when it comes to dealing with sensitive situations, and it would be interesting to see how long we have to reach the requisite levels. Another challenge is definitely around the security, i.e. ensuring that the technology remains proprietary as is the case with human soldiers. On the positive note, if this becomes a major success in the military, it will pave way for the widespread adoption across industries!

I think this is a great topic, and raises very valid concerns. However, one of the key challenge here is to identify the potential action that Facebook is going to take on the piece of information collected, and the associated judgement involved. Further, when users log onto Facebook, the inherent assumption is that of a private platform, and it worries me when my private information is being snooped upon. One could argue that the areas talked about in the post above are around suicides and terrorism, but who is to control the boundaries of where all Facebook starts snooping and sharing information. The on-going debate around the use of data is naturally very valid, and it would be interesting to see how these companies (not just Facebook) deal with this. The next question could revolve around the (in)ability of us humans to get off the social media bandwagon?