Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 34

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas... 

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A Glimpse Of Life Under The Sea

In the US, national marine sanctuaries have been made accessible to a whole new audience via a 'virtual dive gallery'.

The initiative, launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, gives visitors a peek into life under the sea from the comfort of their own homes - no diving knowledge required. Initially launched in 2014, the VR project aims to build awareness of these precious underwater habitats and the challenges they are facing. 

Read more here: goo.gl/ORqur6

How can we employ immersive technologies to build understanding, grow empathy and tackle some of the planet's greatest challenges? 


A Step Closer To X-Ray Vision

A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich have devised a way to generate holographic three dimensional images of physical surrounding using the microwave radiation from standard wifi signals.

The first project of it's kind to create a true 3D picture, the technology has the potential to turn any mobile phone, router or similar consumer-level device into a live scanner of any enclosed space or building interior... and at scale, to transform how we approach everything from industrial logistics to rescue operations.

Read more here: goo.gl/ozQKei

How else could we harness the proliferation of consumer-grade electronics to create flexible, scaleable tools for times of natural disaster?


AI-Assisted Diagnosis

Beijing-based startup, Infervision, is harnessing machine-learning technology to help screen medical images for early signs of lung cancer.

After initial deployment in 20 hospitals around China, the company is working with GE Heathcare, Cisco and Nvidia to iterate and refine its technology. In a country battling severe air pollution and a shortage of radiologists, it is intended that Infervision’s AI platform will aid radiologists in catching and confirming diagnosis faster, accelerating treatment and potentially boosting survival rates.

Read more here: goo.gl/CipqxG

How can we leverage emerging technologies to help drive efficiency and quality of care for the most under-serviced segments in the healthcare industry?