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McDonald's Claims First 'Voice Apply' Process

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"Alexa, help me find a job at McDonald's." That's how interested job seekers can start an application with the global fast-food company, McDonald's recently announced. Claiming it to be the world's first voice-initiated job application process, the company has launched McDonald's Apply Thru, which works on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The app is currently available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and is expected to roll out to other countries in the coming months. Once Alexa or Google Assistant responds, users are asked to provide basic information, such as their name, contact information, job area of interest and location. Potential applicants then receive a text message with a link to the McDonald's careers site to continue their application process.


AI expert Dr Catriona Wallace to speak at CEBIT 2019

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Artificial intelligence (AI) expert and Flamingo Ai Founder and Executive Director Dr Catriona Wallace is set to share her insights on what we can look forward to in a world with more advanced AI, at this year's CEBIT expo. The keynote, titled'AI: Human Machine: Who gets the upper hand?' will explore developments in AI, how it's being used and how it will transform the business world and life as we know it. "AI, described as the most powerful force equal in impact to the discovery of fire and the invention of electricity, will increasingly become the primary power driving the massive changes that [climate change and disruptive technologies] will bring," Wallace said. "With AI set to replace 40% of jobs and 30% of business interactions in the next five years, and the time of'singularity', where machines may become'smarter' than humans possibly just 20 years away, the onus will be on people to successfully navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution." NSW Minister for Jobs and Investment Stuart Ayres said CEBIT Australia will provide an international forum for technology companies to do business and discuss the future, including the impact of AI and how it can be harnessed to secure new jobs.


Google completes first drone delivery in the US

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Alphabet (Google) subsidiary Wing has become the first company in the United States to deliver packages by drone. In Christiansburg, the small Virginia town chosen as Wing's test location, the 22,000 residents can order products normally shipped by FedEx, medicine from Walgreens and a selection of candy from a local business -- all of which will arrive via drone. Wing, which already operates in two Australian cities as well as Helsinki, announced in a statement that the first drone-powered deliveries had taken place Friday afternoon in Christiansburg, "paving the way for the most advanced drone delivery service in the nation". One family used the Wing app to order Tylenol, cough drops, Vitamin C tablets, bottled water and tissues, the statement said. An older resident ordered a birthday present for his wife.


The Domino's 'pizza checker' is just the beginning – workplace surveillance is coming for you Arwa Mahdawi

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I would like a large cheese pizza with an ominous side of surveillance, please. Earlier this year, Domino's, the worldwide purveyor of mediocre pizza, introduced a snazzy tool called the Dom Pizza Checker to its Australia and New Zealand locations. According to its website, in-store cameras "use advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to identify pizza type, even topping distribution and correct toppings". If your food doesn't match your order, or internal quality standards, workers are ordered to make it again. Basically, Big Brother is watching your pizza.


Artificial Intelligence Predicts El Niño Redbrick Sci&Tech

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Researchers from China and South Korea have created an AI that can predict El Niño up to 18 months before it occurs. El Niño is a weather event that can occur every 2-7 years, where the area of warmer water in the western Pacific Ocean around Australia spreads across the Pacific. This leads to warmer air rising across the Pacific, causing severe rainfall and drastically changing wind direction and strength across the Pacific. This has huge knock on effects on weather worldwide. El Niño can cause colder winters in northern Europe and droughts in countries such as Australia and Malaysia.


Global Artificial Intelligence Robots Market Business Planning Research and Resources, Supply and Revenue By 2025 - WeeklySpy

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The Artificial Intelligence Robots Market report is a complete overview of the market, covering various aspects product definition, segmentation based on various parameters, and the prevailing vendor landscape. Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates are mentioned in the report. Artificial Intelligence Robots Market report includes historic data, present market trends, environment, technological innovation, upcoming technologies and the technical progress in the related industry. The Global Artificial Intelligence Robots Market accounted for USD 3.0 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 30.1% forecast to 2025. Some of the major countries covered in this report are U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Brazil among others.


Domino's launches new AI-powered camera monitoring system to evaluate pizza quality

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Domino's Pizza stores in Australia and New Zealand have finally begun using an elaborate new employee monitoring tool to track employee performance. First announced in 2017, the DOM Pizza Checker was finally implemented at a number of Domino's stores in Oceania beginning this August, according to an investor presentation. The device is a high-powered overhead camera connected to machine-learning software that monitors employee performance as they make a pizza. The DOM Pizza Checker (pictured above) is a high powered camera and computer system that observes and evaluates employees as they make pizza. The camera matches a live image of the pizza being made to an image of the pizza that's been ordered.


Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

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The governmenbt of Australia is subsidizing the study of responsible, ethical, and inclusive autonomous decision-making technologies. The Australian government is providing AU$31.8 million to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive autonomous decision-making technologies. The Center of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, which will be based at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), will house researchers who will work with experts from seven other Australian universities, as well as 22 academic and industry partner organizations in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The global research project aims to ensure machine learning and decision-making technologies can be used safely and ethically. Said RMIT researcher Julian Thomas, "Working with international partners and industry, the research will help Australians gain the full benefits of these new technologies, from better mobility, to improving our responses to humanitarian emergencies."


The Guardian view on automating poverty: OK computers? Editorial

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Across the world, governments are investing in machines that they hope will run their social security systems and other services more cheaply and effectively than humans. The Guardian's Automating Poverty series includes reports from the US, Australia and India as well as the UK. The roles played by technology in these countries are all different. But taken together, the articles reveal how automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are extending their reach into people's lives through the delivery of public services. As with all automation processes, speed and efficiency provide the rationale.


Study Says 64% of People Trust a Robot More Than Their Manager

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Workers in India (89%) and China (88%) are more trusting of robots over their managers, followed by Singapore (83%), Brazil (78%), Japan (76%), UAE (74%), Australia/New Zealand (58%), the U.S. (57%), the U.K. (54%), and France (56%). More men (56%) than women (44%) have turned to AI over their managers.