Category Archives: Innovation Back

“Very early entry” with AR takes Domino’s into uncharted food retail territory

With $1.6 billion in online sales worldwide representing almost two-thirds of its business, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) is upping the ante to make sure it stays at the vanguard of digital tech development. The company is now around two months in since the launch of an augmented reality (AR) Pizza Chef for its ordering … Read more

Superminds : the surprising power of people and computers thinking together (book)

Author: Thomas W. Malone If you’re like most people, you probably believe that humans are the most intelligent animals on our planet. But there’s another kind of entity that can be far smarter: groups of people. In this groundbreaking book, Thomas Malone, the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, shows how groups … Read more

A Silicon Valley startup with 20 patents under its belt just raised $400 million from SoftBank and Goldman Sachs to make materials from living things

On Thursday, Silicon Valley-based synthetic biology company Zymergen announced a mammoth funding round of $US400 million. It’s one of the largest biotech raises in history. With financing from SoftBank Vision Fund and Goldman Sachs, the fresh infusion of cash brings the startup to the forefront of a hot and growing industry based on manufacturing goods with biology. Zymergen doesn’t yet have … Read more

A NSW farmer with a clever way to increase crop yields has been honoured at Australia’s local Nobel gala

Husband and wife farmers David and Wendy Finlay won the Up and Coming Award at the annual Cicada Innovations Nobel Gala in Sydney.   They won for their method of planting seeds, doing away with heavy machinery and increasing yields.   Biomedical company Trimph and Prospection, a health insights company, also won awards. A farming … Read more

The sentient machine : the coming age of artificial intelligence (book)

Author: Amir Husain Whether it is self-driving cars, advancements in search engine technology, or the latest in voice-recognition software, AI, or artificial “machine” intelligence, is playing an ever-greater role in our daily lives. Yet the discussion around these recent advancements is largely polarised; some experts think that machines will solve most of humanity’s problems, while … Read more

These founders left Google to chase a vision of healthier screen time for their kids — and their flagship product has become a hit in classrooms and homes

Pramod Sharma worked at Google in Mountain View, California and noticed when he dropped off his daughter at the company’s daycare facility, there were no tech products allowed. Sharma and his co-founder Jerome Scholler created Osmo in 2013 to create a positive and educational screen time experience for kids. Osmo’s magic lies in its proprietary … Read more