[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 08/10

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Carrefour relies on IBM’s blockchain to improve the traceability of its food products. The French supermarket giant is joining the major food groups Walmart, Unilever and Nestlé, already present during the testing phase of the “IBM Food Trust” platform.

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Why this is important: Carrefour started using the blockchain last March to allow its customers to know the origin of three products (eggs, tomatoes and chicken from Auvergne) to which five other articles will be added by the end of 2018 (“a cheese, milk, oranges, lemons and Christmas chicken, ”according to the group). For IBM, the partnership with Carrefour provides access to “to the markets of Europe, South America and China», Underlined Cosme de Moucheron, vice-president and responsible for the partnership with Carrefour at IBM.

Facebook launches Portal, its smart screen for making video calls. This is the first time that the digital giant has developed a consumer product internally.

p><h3 class=Are robots going to look more and more like us? In Japan, robots are already used as receptionists.

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Sophia, the first humanoid robot to be recognized as a citizen of a country, Saudi Arabia. Credits: Shutterstock.

Why this is important: Although not the only form used for robots in contact with humans, the humanoid appearance is “more easily accepted“Because people can”anticipate how the robots will move or react», Explains Hiroko Kamide, a Japanese psychologist specializing in the human-robot relationship. A comforting resemblance but which also has its limits. According to the theory of Japanese researcher Masahiro Mori, dubbed “Valley of the Strange” and developed in the 1970s, the robot is pleasant to us if it presents familiar features but would quickly become disturbing if it looks too similar to us, without however being identical. “You can never perfectly reproduce a human face“, And this imperfection causes a feeling of”rejection»In humans, replies Miguel Salichs, of the Carlos III University in Madrid.

Varjo raises $ 31 million to launch its virtual reality headset for industry. The Finnish start-up aims to market the first virtual reality headset with a resolution equivalent to that of the human eye.

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Why this is important: The Helsinki-based start-up has already won over major manufacturers such as Airbus, Audi, Saab, Volkswagen and even Volvo with which it works in order to optimize its helmet for their sectors of activity and their respective needs. With this funding round, Varjo intends to increase the number of its technical team in order to increase from 80 to 200 people in the next 12 months. It will also be used to finance the global launch and marketing of the first Varjo product.

The industrialist Comap gets its hands on Qivivo, specializing in connected thermostats. Founded in 2012, the Nantes start-up Qivivo is developing a solution for optimizing energy consumption.

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Why this is important: By entering the bosom of Comap, Qivivo has acquired a significant industrial power in a market which includes players such as Nest, owned by Google, the American Honeywell and even Somfy.

AgTech: the response of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region to ward off the Chinese threat. The region headed by Laurent Wauquiez has given the green light to the creation of software to detect upstream plans for the purchase of agricultural land by foreign capital.

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Why this is important:The goal is to prevent the Chinese from buying our land and speculating on it financially. Today you cannot buy land in China. Conversely, it is madness to let our lands be the object of steps taken by Chinese hedge funds.“Said to theAFP the president LR of the regional council Laurent Wauquiez. A budget of 450,000 euros over three years has been allocated to allow the development and implementation of the software.