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Alphabet's Next Billion-Dollar Business: 10 Industries To Watch - CB Insights Research

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Alphabet is using its dominance in the search and advertising spaces -- and its massive size -- to find its next billion-dollar business. From healthcare to smart cities to banking, here are 10 industries the tech giant is targeting. With growing threats from its big tech peers Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, Alphabet's drive to disrupt has become more urgent than ever before. The conglomerate is leveraging the power of its first moats -- search and advertising -- and its massive scale to find its next billion-dollar businesses. To protect its current profits and grow more broadly, Alphabet is edging its way into industries adjacent to the ones where it has already found success and entering new spaces entirely to find opportunities for disruption. Evidence of Alphabet's efforts is showing up in several major industries. For example, the company is using artificial intelligence to understand the causes of diseases like diabetes and cancer and how to treat them. Those learnings feed into community health projects that serve the public, and also help Alphabet's effort to build smart cities. Elsewhere, Alphabet is using its scale to build a better virtual assistant and own the consumer electronics software layer. It's also leveraging that scale to build a new kind of Google Pay-operated checking account. In this report, we examine how Alphabet and its subsidiaries are currently working to disrupt 10 major industries -- from electronics to healthcare to transportation to banking -- and what else might be on the horizon. Within the world of consumer electronics, Alphabet has already found dominance with one product: Android. Mobile operating system market share globally is controlled by the Linux-based OS that Google acquired in 2005 to fend off Microsoft and Windows Mobile. Today, however, Alphabet's consumer electronics strategy is being driven by its work in artificial intelligence. Google is building some of its own hardware under the Made by Google line -- including the Pixel smartphone, the Chromebook, and the Google Home -- but the company is doing more important work on hardware-agnostic software products like Google Assistant (which is even available on iOS).


Who is Sundar Pichai and what does Alphabet do?

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Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has been put in charge of its parent company Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping down. The 47-year-old said the pair had set up a "strong foundation" on which he would "continue to build". Pichai's life story is remarkable, and his rise to the top of Google is an endorsement of India's standing in the global technology industry - and equally, a reassuring reminder of the so-called "American Dream". Pichai was born and schooled in Chennai, India. He captained his school's cricket team, leading it to win regional competitions.


Who is Sundar Pichai and what does Alphabet do?

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Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has been put in charge of its parent company Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping down. The 47-year-old said the pair had set up a "strong foundation" on which he would "continue to build". Pichai's life story is remarkable, and his rise to the top of Google is an endorsement of India's standing in the global technology industry - and equally, a reassuring reminder of the so-called "American Dream". Pichai was born and schooled in Chennai, India. He captained his school's cricket team, leading it to win regional competitions.


How Data Will Fuel Smart Cities

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Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex on Manhattan's west side, is the city's most ambitious development since the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. When fully complete, the 28-acre site will include 16 towers of homes and offices, a hotel, a school, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, a performing arts center, Vessel and a shopping mall. Hudson Yards in New York and Sidewalk Labs' project in Toronto are test cases that will radically change the way our cities work through the use of data and the Internet of Things. As I discussed in a previous post, the Internet of Things has evolved to encompass a range of devices, from the smallest household appliance to self-driving cars. On a larger scale, smart city developments compound the benefits of IoT by collecting and analyzing data on usage patterns to create a reciprocal relationship between residents and their communities.


Concerned about the impacts of data misuse? Ways to get involved with the USF Center for Applied Data Ethics

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An algorithm applied to over 200 million patients is more likely to recommend extra health care for relatively healthy white patients over sicker black patients (paper in Science and news coverage). Russia was found to be running influence operations in 6 African countries via 73 Facebook pages, many of which purported to be local news sources, and which also spanned WhatsApp and Telegram (paper from Stanfod Internet Observatory and news coverage). An Indigenous elder revealed that the Indigenous consultation that SideWalk Labs (an Alphabet/Google company) conducted was "hollow and tokenistic", with zero of the 14 recommendations that arose from the consultation included in SideWalks Labs' 1,500 page report, even though the report mentions the Indigenous consultation many times. All these stories occurred just in the last week, the same week during which former chairman of the Alphabet board Eric Schmidt complained that people "don't need to yell" about bias. Issues of data misuse, including bias, surveillance, and disinformation continue to be urgent and pervasive.


How to put human intelligence back into artificial intelligence The Star

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Just not as first envisioned. The business model of this Google sister company is based on monitoring people's movements and connecting the dots. But this week, before signing on the dotted line, Toronto tried to turn the tables on Sidewalk Labs. Now, the watcher is being watched and its surveillance is under scrutiny. That is as it should be.


How to put human intelligence back into artificial intelligence The Star

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Just not as first envisioned. The business model of this Google sister company is based on monitoring people's movements and connecting the dots. But this week, before signing on the dotted line, Toronto tried to turn the tables on Sidewalk Labs. Now, the watcher is being watched and its surveillance is under scrutiny. That is as it should be.


Towards Canada's Asia Strategy on AI

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In recent years, the importance of developing targeted strategies to pursue opportunities in the Asia Pacific – that is, 'Asia Strategies' – has come to the forefront of policy discourse.[1] As noted in global strategy advisor Parag Khanna's bestseller, The Future is Asian, Asia is increasingly becoming more prosperous and confident. For Canada, sustained engagement with this region is now critical to the country's long-term economic prosperity. Propelled by its young population and increase in productivity, Asia is predicted to make up 65 per cent of the world's global middle class by 2030 and it is expected to account for 53 per cent of the world's population and 52 per cent of global GDP by 2050. The need for trade diversification and deeper engagement with Asia is clear, but Canada often falls short of the Asia-specific skills, resources, and, most importantly, strategiesthat are required to take advantage of these opportunities.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Being Weaponized

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I cover AI and future trends for a living. One overreaching theme I've noticed is how AI is being used not to augment people, but to weaponize their data against them. Businesses across almost every industry deploy artificial intelligence to make jobs simpler for staff and tasks easier for consumers. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Indeed unbridled adoption of AI won't just result in job losses, but data purgatory, and an internet that feels more like slavery than education and freedom.


Why AI is Becoming Dangerous to Global Order

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I cover AI and future trends for a living. One overreaching theme I've noticed is how AI is being used not to augment people, but to weaponize their data against them. This is going to be a long read, and it's because I feel a bit passionate about this topic. The debate over free-speech this week related to the Hong Kong protests signals no trade war resolution will take place since a cold tech war also is about information wars and basic freedom of speech. As companies with billion-dollar market caps like Microsoft, Apple and Google cave into creating censorship products, we all lose and begin to enter a potential data-based Neo-Fascism era of control and surveillance.