Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Cork in the eye of next industrial storm; robots replace workers and zombie start-ups ahoy!
Killala in Co Mayo welcomed Ireland’s first direct transatlantic fibre optic cable earlier today (14 August), bringing with it the potential to create “thousands of jobs” on the back of increased data centre and cloud capabilities.
The synthetic biology revolution being pioneered in Cork and that is about to storm the world was compared to early days of the PC industry before the internet and cloud by successful tech investor Sean O’Sullivan.
Nine start-ups taking part in the IndieBio accelerator in Cork this week pitched their products and services to an audience of investors, academics, industry and scientific partners.
Half of all IT healthcare start-ups are doomed to fail within two years, before larger companies purge their ‘zombie’ states to nab talent and technology.
70pc of small businesses that have signed up for the Irish Government’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme expect to hire more staff and predict a jobs dividend of almost 15pc through e-commerce.
Cats play a key role in modern society, making sure us humans are aware of a species entirely uninterested in our existence. We’re not the centre of the universe, cats prove as much.
A robot has been developed that can create ‘children’ robots, improving on each one as it walks off into the distance.
Will a revised corporate structure like Alphabet with its Chinese walls protect Google from regulators? Expect further break-ups of Google core services as EU fines and pressure come to bear, DMI co-founder Ian Dodson tells Siliconrepublic.com.
Inspired by geckos, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena in California have created a material that will allow robot gecko grippers to cling to spacecraft and perform maintenance in the vacuum of deep space.
Almost half of businesses in Ireland (48pc) have automated business functions or are in the process of replacing people with software and machines, according to new research.
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