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LF04 | Triple Shot - Dec 13, 2022
This instalment: Generative Tech, remaking Melbourne, remarkable robots.
This week’s instalment of three things relating to the Looking Forward themes of healthy longevity, Web3 and impact, with just a little bit of context setting.
Let’s get to it.
Article: Generative Tech begins. NFX is one of Silicon Valley’s leading venture firms, that made its name championing ‘networked effects’ (geddit?). They’re now a leader in “generative AI” and have written a good primer on how this new area is building on and accelerating Web3.
“Until now, software couldn’t solve the zero to one problem because it worked FOR us. Generative Tech will work WITH us from the beginning of any project.”
Article: Bringing Superblocks to Melbourne. Melbourne’s spiritual sister in Europe is probably Barcelona, and RMIT professor Marco Amati has been hosting the Spanish Superblocks creator Salvador Rueda for a visit. This Conversation article was one of the outputs - a beginning of a blueprint to bring Superblocks to Melbourne city center, 60% of which is currently given over to cars.
Video: CloneRobotics hand. That unsettling feeling from last week when you can’t really tell if it’s a person or it’s an AI is today taking physical form. Check out Clone Robotics’ latest water-based robotic arm (below), and then tell me we’re not months away from fully robotic girlfriends and boyfriends…
Ok that’s the three. For this week’s Friday essay I’ll be recapping the excellent Brain Healthy Cities event we hosted on Monday. Feel free to spread the word about Looking Forward to those who might benefit. Meanwhile, wishing you all a healthy, productive and generative week.
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