U.S. Supermarkets Get Spill-Detecting Robots, With Human Controllers in the Philippines

TIME - Tech

A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise. But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes. Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland says its camera-equipped robots stop after detecting a potential spill. But to make sure, humans working in a control center in the Philippines review the imagery before triggering a cleanup message over the loudspeaker. Rowland says 25 of the robots are now operating at certain Giant, Martin's and Stop & Shop stores, with 30 more arriving each week.

Philippine firms asked to embrace artificial intelligence


Companies in the Philippines need to adopt technologies like automation and artificial intelligence to get rid of repetitive and redundant processes, a partner of business advisory firm Grant Thornton says. Grant Thornton partner Depender Kumar Depender Kumar, in his presentation during the 8th P&A Grant Thornton Business Forum in Manila, says Philippine companies, including business process outsourcing providers, are slow to embrace automation and struggle to change. "To be honest, if they [BPOs] don't change the way they do things, they will pay locally for the disruption. Most of what is done by the BPOs are repetitive. You don't need a lot of intelligence to do the work that is with you.

Self-Made Billionaire Jack Ma Says You'll Need This 1 Rare Skill to Succeed in the Age of Machines


At the Apec CEO Summit in Manila in November, 2015, Ma shared LQ in a conversation with Benigno Aquino III, then-president of the Philippines. Convinced of its competitive advantage in business for his own country, the president quipped, "The love quotient enables the Filipino to go really to the needs of the client that he is talking to, which is not available elsewhere."

Why include robotics in PH school curriculum


The use of computers and robots is becoming more prevalent in societies worldwide. More schools are integrating basic robotics and programming concepts in their lessons and curricula. Such initiative is true not only in advanced countries but also in third world countries like the Philippines. "Robotics must be integrated in the schools. It is one of the skills 21st century learners need in order to succeed in life," De La Salle Santiago Zobel School International Robotics Coordinator Genevieve Pillar told Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Using AI to Tag your Pictures Business Process Outsourcing Farmout Call Center Philippines and Accredited Call Center Philippines Trainers


In today's online market place, visual marketing is an integral part of reaching out to customers. Research show that the human brain is more visual. Up to 80% of people remember what they see compared to only 20% of what they read. This is one of the main reasons why visual content resonates more than written content. It has a greater chance of going viral.

Philippines Invest In Blockchain To Shield Itself From AI Incursion


Blockchain technology will aid the Philippine economy to maintain jobs that the advent of artificial intelligence (AIs) is supposed to get rid of, as reported by Edwin Bautista, president, and CEO of Union Bank of the Philippines. "Blockchain could play an important role in the Philippine economy. If we play it right, we have the potential to emerge as one of the leaders in block chain's future." The emerged AIs will eliminate many jobs, and developing the blockchain abilities of Filipinos could cancel out these job losses, Bautista added on the sidelines of the launch of XLOG, a Block chain-based logistics solutions platform developed provincially. The founder and CEO of XLOG creator Shiptek, Eugenio Ynion Jr., repeated Bautista's warning about the threat of robots for hundreds of thousands of Filipino jobs.

What we learned building 4PBot – Chatbots Magazine


She's a proud mother of three, and her household is supported in part by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps for short), the Philippines national social welfare program, which gives financial assistance to households who are deemed the'poorest of the poor'. Cess is meant to receive payments for each of her children who are in school, at a maximum of 3 children. Since her three kids are in school, this should entitle her to 1,800 PHP ( 25 USD at the time of writing) per month. The problem is that Cess isn't receiving payments for her youngest child, who started elementary school 6 months ago. So what can Cess do about her situation?

U.S. Transfers Six Surveillance Drones to Philippines

U.S. News

"This acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a ceremony at a Manila air force base, attended by the U.S. ambassador.

ECC to launch Japanese course in Philippines

The Japan Times

MANILA – English school chain ECC Co. will launch a Japanese course in the Philippines in June in partnership with a local college amid growing interest in the language among Filipinos. The Osaka-based firm and the University of Perpetual Help plan to provide a 6-month e-learning program, including a weekly supplementary lecture, for 35,000 pesos (¥72,000), targeting employees of Japanese affiliates and those planning to study and work in Japan, the company said. ECC's first Japanese-language course overseas aims to cater to an increasing number of Filipinos taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, a widely used exam for evaluating and certifying the language proficiency of nonnative speakers, it said. In 2017, a record 14,062 Filipinos took the exam, up 21 percent from the previous year, while the tally for all examinees topped 1 million for the first time, according to the Japan Foundation, which administers the test. The private university, founded in 1975, has three campuses in the south of Manila with about 2,000 employees and some 18,000 students, according to ECC.