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Over 60% of companies are just scratching the surface of AI

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In Spain, the Madrid Metro uses AI to monitor its network and reduce energy consumption by 25%. In the U.S., a beverage company uses AI to drive sales by analyzing retailers and markets. In Europe, an energy company trains its engineers and managers in a digital twin factory powered by AI. In the Middle East, a telco's AI-powered virtual assistant speaks to 1.65 million customers every month in different Arab dialects and English. Undoubtedly, AI is in full adoption around the world, with all industries recognizing it as the next big thing in tech.


Travelodge (UK) Selects Medallia to Power its New Voice of the Customer Programme

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Medallia, Inc., the global leader in customer and employee experience, announced that Travelodge, the UK's largest independent hotel brand, has implemented Medallia's experience management platform to power its new Voice of the Customer programme. Medallia's technology has been rolled out across 590 Travelodge hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain, providing the hotel brand with a consolidated and real-time view into the customer experience. Travelodge (UK) has deployed the full suite of Medallia's experience management platform – implementing a combination of data analytics, artificial intelligence, and active listening. The platform also offers real-time integration with Travelodge's social channels and review sites, such as Tripadvisor and Google Reviews, as well as its hotel management tools, allowing it to cross-check customer feedback with quality processes such as room checks. Medallia's platform provides Travelodge with a comprehensive view into the customer voice across all channels in real-time, allowing its hotel managers and leadership team to proactively identify early warning signals.


How to fight food waste: From laws to artificial intelligence

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That equates to 31 kilograms (68 pounds) per person of perfectly good food that gets tossed each year. Madrid is planning to bring this number down with a new set of regulations to rein in food waste. The government approved a draft bill that would see supermarkets fined for throwing away surplus food ― by up to €60,000 ($57,000), or as high as €500,000 for repeat offenders. The law, if passed by parliament, would also make it mandatory for restaurants to offer so-called "doggy bags" for guests to take home their left-overs. Spain hopes to have the law in place by early 2023 to curb the amount of food that lands in the garbage instead of on someone's plate, and to reduce environmental costs.


How Robotics In The Entertainment Industry Could Intertwine With Other Sectors For Growth

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09: The Terminator robot is seen in the paddock following qualifying for the ... [ ] Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Robotics has been a growing staple across the entertainment industry for some time now. Whether it's enhancing scenes in film and TV through innovative cameras and angles, or through the rides we see at amusement parks, robotics has been steadily becoming more advanced before our eyes. What are the next steps in this growing sector? One area that has been utilised to great success so far has been using robotic stunt doubles on film and TV sets.


Children who attend schools with more traffic noise have worse memory, study warns

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It's a widespread problem at schools in cities around the world, and now a new study has warned that noise pollution can affect children's memory. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health studied children attending 38 schools in Barcelona. They found that children at schools with higher traffic noise had slower cognitive development. 'Our study supports the hypothesis that childhood is a vulnerable period during which external stimuli such as noise can affect the rapid process of cognitive development that takes place before adolescence,' said Jordi Sunyer, an author of the study. It's a widespread problem at schools in cities around the world, and now a new study has warned that noise pollution can affect children's memory (stock image) In the study, the researchers studied 2,680 children aged 7-10, who attended 38 schools across Barcelona.


Verint Partners Recognised for Excellence at EMEA Summit

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Verint, The Customer Engagement Company, celebrated its partners across the EMEA region and announced the organisations honoured for their achievements in supporting Verint solutions and helping customers succeed. The awards were presented during the company's Partner Summit event held in Mallorca, 11-13 May. "During our Annual Partner Awards, we applaud our partners for their great work across a wide range of industries, customer environments, and technologies. In reflecting on the successes of the past year, the judging panel selected each winner based on their expertise, proven track record and focus on customer success." The judging panel selected each winner based on their expertise, proven track record and focus on customer value during the past year.


Round 6 F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings: Verstappen Wins in Spain, Now leads Leclerc

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It looked like another battle was shaping up Sunday in Barcelona with Charles Leclerc on Pole and leading early with Max Verstappen P2 and chasing hard. Then on Lap 27 everything changed as Leclerc's Ferrari lost power and he was forced to retire with a DNF in 20th place. Verstappen went on to win with teammate Sergio Perez finishing P2 and earning the Fastest Lap point. The win vaults Verstappen to the F1 Drivers Points lead and to the top of our F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings for Round 6. How do the Go Full Throttle AI models work? Algorithms The Go Full Throttle AI Driver Rankings is a cloud based predictive analytics system that uses our proprietary algorithms utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to dynamically tune and improve accuracy over time.


This AI tool predicts whether COVID patients will live or die

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A tool has been developed to help healthcare professionals identify hospitalised patients most at risk of dying from COVID-19 using artificial intelligence (AI). The algorithm could help doctors to direct critical care resources to those in most immediate need, which the developers of the AI tool say could be especially valuable to resource-limited countries. And with no end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, with new variants leading to fresh waves of sickness and hospitalisation, the scientists behind the tool say there is a need for generalised tools like this which can be easily rolled out. To develop the tool, scientists used biochemical data from routine blood samples taken from nearly 30,000 patients hospitalised in over 150 hospitals in Spain, the US, Honduras, Bolivia and Argentina between March 2020 and February 2022. Taking blood from so many patients meant the team were able to capture data from people with different immune statuses – vaccinated, unvaccinated and those with natural immunity – and from people infected with every variant of COVID-19.


An Artificial Intelligence Author Makes Its Way into Literature with a Love Story

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Is it possible to learn how to feel? A research study to validate artificial creativity will discover it. Launching in Spanish, Falta Una Palabra- translated as In Need of a Word is a novel written by Dr. Ángel García-Crespo with the help of AI. It tells the love story of Beatriz and Benito, two people looking for a word to describe the nature of their relationship. Beatriz and Benito share a dilemma that feeds their passion, they can't be together or separated.


Global Big Data Conference

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My husband and I love to eat and to learn about history. So shortly after we married, we chose to honeymoon along the southern coast of Spain. The region, historically ruled by Greeks, Romans, Muslims, and Christians in turn, is famed for its stunning architecture and rich fusion of cuisines. Little did I know how much this personal trip would intersect with my reporting. Over the last few years, an increasing number of scholars have argued that the impact of AI is repeating the patterns of colonial history.