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16 Minutes on the News #10: Amazon Healthcare, Oculus & VR/AR, Google Quantum Supremacy?

Julie Yoo, Jorge Conde, Chris Dixon, Vijay Pande, and Sonal Chokshi

Posted September 29, 2019

Our news podcast, 16 Minutes — where we quickly cover the top headlines of the week, the a16z way (why are these topics in the news; what’s real, what’s hype from our vantage point of tech trends) — is now only available as its own show feed, separately from the main a16z Podcast… so be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts if you want our weekly news & tech take!

This is the tenth episode of the show, and this week we cover a variety of topics with the following a16z experts:

  • Amazon Care healthcare news this week that they’re now providing a virtual medical clinic for employees, initially in Seattle, using telemedicine and in-home visits; what does their delivering healthcare actually mean for both incumbents and startups… and the future of medicine? — with Julie Yoo and Jorge Conde
  • Oculus Connect 6, Facebook’s annual developer event, where there were a number of announcements about devices, content, and more that could be key to the evolution of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — with Chris Dixon
  • Google quantum supremacy claim, as shared in a paper with/via NASA; what’s fact, what’s fiction about it; what does it actually mean (or not mean) for cryptography and other applications; and where are we, really, in quantum computing? — with Vijay Pande