Strat Chat: December 2018

Julia Sklar
By Julia Sklar under Insights 20 December 2018

Our Strategists are constantly thinking, innovating and researching to stay ahead in the tech space. Strat Chat is our new series featuring the most interesting articles and findings that they're talking about. Check back fortnightly for the latest post or subscribe to our newsletter to get these articles directly to your inbox. 

10 Predictions for 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual trend reports to roll in. Nesta makes 10 predictions for how we’ll be living in 2019, that would have once sounded like science fiction, but now hover just on the edge of reality.

From Robo-Lawyers granting cheap and cheerful divorces to the death knell of the 9-5, these are just-about-feasible scenarios which are the reality for some and are about to get a whole lot more mainstream. As with all new technologies and social movements, the key questions are always who stands to benefit and who stands to lose out.

Source: Nesta
Reading time: 6 mins



Toyota is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to build cars faster

Toyota is one of a growing number of automakers using augmented-reality headsets to improve everything from designing cars to manufacturing and fixing them. For example, employees are experimenting with HoloLens to speed up the process of measuring the thickness of a vehicle's paint and rust-prevention coatings to ensure consistent colour and avoid corrosion.

Typically, this process takes two people an entire day, but the HoloLens cuts it down to four hours - and only requires one person to do it. Should Toyota opt to go for a full deployment of the HoloLens, the company would join the likes of Ford, Volvo, and Renault, several major automakers that have adopted HoloLens into their design and production operations.

Source: Next Reality News
Reading time: 2 mins



Google Incognito Results still vary from person to person, study finds

It’s not news that Google tailors its search results. Different users see different results to a search term depending on their browsing habits and search history. The propensity for two users to see completely different articles online as a result of this phenomenon has been called the ‘filter bubble’.

What’s surprising is that recent research by DuckDuckGo, a competitor search engine, has found that Google serves unique results to users even when they’re logged out and browsing in ‘Incognito’ (private) mode. The implication of these results is that there is very little a user can do to ensure they can receive truly unbiased search results and escape the filter bubble.

Source: TechCrunch
Reading time: 9 mins