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Ride-hailing set to explode

Ride-hailing has been the world’s fastest growing mobility service over the last 10 years, disrupting the taxi and rental car industries and creating a new mode of transportation. Regulations have partly limited the global ride-hailing market, but the cancellation or relaxation of prohibitions will aid the next wave of growth.

“A combination of taxi sub-contracting and easing of regulations are paving a path to continued growth for ride-hailing operators,” said Roger Lanctot, Director, Automotive Connected Mobility for Strategy Analytics. “Profitable operation is likely to remain elusive for the foreseeable future – a problem with which the entire mobility services sector is wrestling.”

This forecast encompasses all ride hailing operators across the globe, including major operators such as Bolt, Cabify, Careem, Didi, Grab, Lyft, mytaxi, Ola, Snapp, Uber, and Yandex.Taxi, as well as start-ups such as Socar’s Tada and BMW’s ReachNow Ride.

The Strategy Analytics Automotive Connected Mobility Service (ACM) forecast “2019 H1 – Global Ride-Hailing,” provides projections for each operator’s active driver totals, active user totals, and revenues. Strategy Analytics plans to publish this forecast on an ongoing basis and will update it twice during each calendar year. The forecast is also accompanied by a report. Active driver totals, active user totals, and revenues are expected to increase consistently over the next 10 years. The Asian and Western European markets are expected to contribute greatly to this growth, with markets such as Germany, Japan and South Korea beginning to open up to ride hailing services. The markets of Australasia and Latin America are also expected to see major growth over the next 10 years, with the regions becoming key battlegrounds for major ride hailing operators.

The forecast includes over 50 operators running services across 96 different countries. Strategy Analytics estimates the global ride-hailing market to be about $122B (USD), growing to over $200B (USD) by 2023. Operator net revenues will be a fraction of these figures.

“The ride hailing market has seen tremendous growth over the last several years – creating a multi-billion dollar industry in many countries,” said James Messeder, Industry Analyst for the Automotive Connected Mobility (ACM) practice at Strategy Analytics. “The key to unlocking a second-wave of growth is through the repeal of bans, or partial bans, in major markets without the service.”

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Eugene Kaspersky posts from 2050

In his imagined blog entry from the year 2050, the Kaspersky Lab founder imagines an era of digital immunity

In recent years, digital systems have moved up to a whole new level. No longer assistants making life easier for us mere mortals, they’ve become the basis of civilisation — the very framework keeping the world functioning properly in 2050.

This quantum leap forward has generated new requirements for the reliability and stability of artificial intelligence. Although some cyberthreats still haven’t become extinct since the romantic era around the turn of the century, they’re now dangerous only to outliers who for some reason reject modern standards of digital immunity.

The situation in many ways resembles the fight against human diseases. Thanks to the success of vaccines, the terrible epidemics that once devastated entire cities in the twentieth century are a thing of the past.

However, that’s where the resemblance ends. For humans, diseases like the plague or smallpox have been replaced by new, highly resistant “post-vaccination” diseases; but for the machines, things have turned out much better. This is largely because the initial designers of digital immunity made all the right preparations for it in advance. In doing so, what helped them in particular was borrowing the systemic approaches of living systems and humans.

One of the pillars of cyber-immunity today is digital intuition, the ability of AI systems to make the right decisions in conditions where the source data are clearly insufficient to make a rational choice.

But there’s no mysticism here: Digital intuition is merely the logical continuation of the idea of machine learning. When the number and complexity of related self-learning systems exceeds a certain threshold, the quality of decision-making rises to a whole new level — a level that’s completely elusive to rational understanding. An “intuitive solution” results fromthe superimposition of the experience of a huge number of machine-learning models, much like the result of the calculations of a quantum computer.

So, as you can see, it has been digital intuition, with its ability to instantly, correctly respond to unknown challenges that has helped build the digital security standards of this new era.  

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M-Net to film Deon Meyer novel

A television adaptation of Deon Meyer’s crime novel Trackers is to be co-produced by M-Net, Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF, and HBO subsidiary Cinemax, which will also distribute the drama series worldwide. 

Trackers is an unprecedented scripted television venture and MultiChoice and M-Net are proud to chart out new territory … allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills,” says MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle.

HBO, Cinemax, and M-Net also launched a Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals screened on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back. 

“Cinemax is delighted to partner with M-Net and ZDF in bringing Deon Meyer’s unforgettable characters and storytelling—all so richly rooted in the people and spectacular geography of South Africa—to screens around the world,” says Len Amato, President, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.    

Filming for Trackers has already started in  locations across South Africa and the co-production partners have been working together on all aspects of production 

Deon Meyer, whose award-winning crime novels have been translated into more than 20 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide, serves as a supervising screenwriter and co-producer; British writer Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise) is the showrunner. The team of South African writers on the project includes the Mitchell’s Plain playwright, screenwriter and director Amy Jephta (Die Ellen Pakkies Story) and local writer/directors Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe. 

The cast for the six-part miniseries includes Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena. 

Trackers will make its debut on M-Net 101 in October 2019 and will also be available on MultiChoice’s on-demand service, Showmax. The six-part drama series is produced by UK production company Three River Studios as well as South Africa’s Scene 23. 

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