Introducing “The End of the Beginning”
Over the past few decades, technology has rapidly transformed the way we live, work, and move about the world. But that was just the beginning. Now, a new video series produced by Samsung NEXT entitled “The End of the Beginning” explores what will happen next.
Featuring the voices of leading investors, academics, and entrepreneurs defining tomorrow’s breakthroughs, the series showcases advancements in technology that promise to reshape our future and improve our lives.
Across four critical fields — artificial intelligence, digital health, smart cities, and cybersecurity — the series explores how technology will fundamentally reshape our world for the better.
Why “End of the Beginning”?
Humans have long developed better tools to do the things we want to do. However, the last quarter century has demonstrated the true potential technology holds to transform our world. We’ve learned new ways to make decisions in virtually every area of our lives, and in the process, have redefined the world around us.
We are no longer on the precipice of that digital transformation but are fully immersed in the digital future that was promised to us. With this series, we hope to explore how the fields of AI, digital health, smart cities, and cybersecurity will shape our future.
What our digital future will look like
Technology has always defied its future expectations. “For the last 60 years, people have predicted that human-level artificial intelligence would be about 20 years in the future. It’s always 20 years from now whenever you’re asked the question,” says Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Cognitive Intelligence and a featured expert in the series.
Yet today, technologies such as machine learning have become ubiquitous, and we’re witnessing a tremendous growth of AI-driven products in the past five years alone. As these technologies improve and are combined in unprecedented ways, the possibility for solutions that improve our lives expands exponentially.
The future of technology may be unknown, but its contours are clear: data-rich, highly interconnected devices will enable us to work smarter, live healthier, and better connect to the world around us. “The End of Tomorrow” offers a glimpse into that future.
How innovators of today are shaping tomorrow’s future
The everyday technologies of tomorrow will be defined by today’s breakthroughs, and the series features some of the startups and entrepreneurs setting the standard for innovation in their fields.
Intuition Robotics, for example, is working to bring autonomous machines to life. Through the use of AI and robotics, the company hopes to redefine the relationship between humans and machines to create a smarter AI future. The company’s first product, ElliQ, is helping older adults to maintain healthier, more active, and engaged lives.
“I think we’re going to see, not just robots doing things for us like vacuuming the floor, but going to have relationships with machines,” says Dor Skuler, CEO and co-founder of Intuition. “We’re going to see the basic, generation one voice assistants evolve into something else, which is smarter, uses context, and adapts to our personality.”
In the digital health sector, Glooko is using smart devices to transform diabetes management. Bringing treatment into the 21st century, the company designed a mobile app that patients can use to track and manage all aspects of their care while sharing their progress with doctors to manage their overall health.
“You’ve got blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps. You’ve got a lot of different medications,” says David Conn, chief commercial officer at Glooko. “We take all that information and get it into one place, so the caregiver has a holistic view of how the patient is doing. Today, we’ve collected over 11 billion data points in the diabetes space, and we want to be the platform that everybody can rely on as the industry standard.”
Cohero Health, another a digital healthcare venture, is helping patients to breathe more easily. With two proprietary smart health devices — measuring lung function and medication intake —and a wirelessly connected mobile tracking app, Cohero is redefining respiratory health management.
“Cohero was founded as a company to address the unmet needs in the respiratory patient community,” says Melissa Manice, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Cohero Health. “We’re doing that by transforming respiratory diagnostics and disease management through smart mobile technology. We’ve demonstrated that we significantly improve compliance to daily therapy, and then, downstream, help avoid hospitalization and in-patient stays. Our goal is to make care more empowering for the patient.”
Meanwhile, HYPR is creating a way for companies to keep our sensitive data safe. Their aim: to solve the problem of mass breaches and credential reuse caused by centralized passwords.
“When you look at all the big breaches of the last five or 10 years, you’ll notice that they have one thing in common, and it’s not how the hackers got in — it’s what they’re going after: the centralized password store, where all of our credentials, our personal data, and our passwords are stored,” says George Avetisov, CEO and co-founder of HYPR. The company is using smartphone technology to decentralize passwords, creating true “password-less security” — a safer, faster, and more reliable way to secure data. It’s paradigm-shifting strategy that large enterprises, from credit card companies to banks, are already beginning to adopt.
Another big impact on the horizon is the evolution of smart cities. With city traffic only increasing, Swiftly is harnessing big data to make public transportation more efficient. Through proprietary algorithms that analyze billions of transit data points, the company helps cities ease congestion, speed up public transit, and create a better experience for riders.
“By analyzing big data in real-time, and also historically, we can not only improve the passenger experience, but we can also help cities and transit agencies make smarter decisions in real-time and utilize all this historical data to design better routes, better streets, that ultimately get people from A to B faster.” Already, cities from coast-to-coast are turning to Swiftly to transform their transit operations and begin to shape the smart cities of tomorrow.
Explore the End of the Beginning
We are living on the cusp of a new technological transformation. The fields of AI, digital health, cybersecurity, and smart cities are not only impacting our lives today — they will define our future.
To learn more about how technology will fundamentally reshape the way we live, work, and move, watch our new four-part video series, “End of the Beginning.”