Changing the test database setup of pytest-django

In order for Motius to efficiently manage our talent pool, we have built a platform that is used to maintain our talent database and help us identify new potential candidates. We strive to expand the feature set of the platform and test it as much as possible in order to automate most of our processes. The test suite must execute as fast as possible and the setup of the tests must be as automatic as possible. But, that result can not always be achieved without a little bit of hacking around…

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Expectation Management in AI: The lesson-not-learned from the 1980s

In the 1970s and the 1980s, the tech scene witnessed the so-called “AI winter”. It was a period that came after a phase of hype that was followed by disappointments that resulted in the loss of interest in AI and the cutting of the funds. Although AI today impacts our lives way more than it used to do back then, there are striking similarities between that period and today. AI is there to stay, but we might hit a stagnation point soon.

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Cross-Platform App vs. Native App Development in the ordinary life of a dev

What we do at Motius spans from simple IoT prototypes for our office to complex software solutions for our clients. In most cases this includes developing a mobile application. The reason for this is that mobile phones accompany us everywhere, so we like to be able to do everything with them. If you think about it, it’s only natural to have an app be part of a project in most cases. Motees love mobile development and we believe it’s very practical to be able to control our hardware prototypes via an app, so mobile development is indeed a must for us.

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TECHFEST 2017 – from a Motees’ point of view

Here at Motius, we’re certainly no stranger to hacking, quick prototypes, and ideation. Naturally, when Techfest Munich asked us to be a part of their 2017 event, we enthusiastically accepted. Dubbed “more than a hackathon”, Techfest Munich gifted us a special opportunity to not only work with awesome technology and hack something together over the course of a weekend, but also place ourselves at the life-blood of Munich’s thriving tech scene.

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In 3 months to the innovation highlight of CES 2017 – Motius’ role in BMW’s HoloActive Touch

We talk a lot about how Motius is working with the newest technologies every day, developing ideas and prototypes that may shape our future. Here is one of them – the HoloActive Touch by BMW Group. It is basically a mixture of a hologram with haptic feedback and gesture control. Motius was responsible for the hardware setup and the software running the hologram.

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Looking back: What can history teach us about the innovations of tomorrow?

According to the economist Joseph Schumpeter our economy is driven by ‘waves of innovation’. Each wave is characterized by disruptive innovations which fuel a new wave of growth: water power, textiles and iron; steam, rail and steel; petrochemicals, electronics and aviation…On this basis we are now in the ‘fifth wave of innovation’The Age of Digital Networks, Software and New Media.

Throughout history many businesses have capitalized on these waves of innovation, immortalizing themselves as leaders of innovation. But for others, failures to react to these developments have literally consigned them to the depths of history. That is what Schumpeter calls Creative Destruction: whilst Facebook and Netflix, for example, capitalized on the new age of information and digital content, Nokia and Blockbuster were annihilated by it.

So, now, as we enter the age of digital networks, software and new media, what can we learn from previous waves of innovation? What is it that allows some companies thrive on these waves, whilst others fall by the wayside?

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If Virtual Assistants are the customers of tomorrow, designing products for them would be fundamentally different

This article is based on one of our thought experiments we had in the Motius ThinkTank. At Motius we have the privilege of being close to the newest technologies and at the same time working with leading companies around the world on developing the future of different industries. Such thought experiments are based on our observations, discussions with our partners and Friday-mornings coffee-fuelled debates combined with a bit of analysis.  

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