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Hospitality Industry Turns to Tech to Lure Guests Back

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The initiatives, overseen by information technology executives, are aimed at helping hotels dig out of what has been a dire season, with steep declines in occupancy, staff layoffs and a fear among some guests of contracting Covid-19. "Without technology, there's no way those companies recover fully," said Les Ottolenghi, who was chief information officer at Caesars Entertainment Corp. until last November. Caesars merged last month with Eldorado Resorts Inc. The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. U.S. hotel occupancy collapsed from about 60% in February to roughly 22% in April, according to data analytics firm STR, owned by CoStar Group Inc.


Brick and mortar's best hope? Robots, many now believe

ZDNet

Through a pane of clear plastic, speaking through a mask, a checkout clerk at a grocery chain told my wife she was feeling sick yesterday. My wife asked (and I'm imagining her taking a big step back as she did) if she'd told her manager. The clerk replied she had but she was out of sick days and couldn't afford to lose the pay. That story is true, and it's horrifying -- both for the risk of outbreak it suggests and for the complicated labor realities it betrays. It's also an anecdotal illustration of one more reason automation is coming to grocery stores, and fast.


The Fool-Proof Guide to AI

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If AI is the new electricity, we ought to master it. But, Google "what's AI" and you get impractical explanations or bewildering jargon. Here are the exact steps to make 7 AI startup MVPs, for 7 diverse use-cases, in 7 minutes. Idea: Sell face mask detection systems to stores for their CCTVs. Process: Build a model, host it, sell it.


Former CEO Of Artificial Intelligence Company Buys Historic Napa Valley Winery

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Back in 2016, Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, who has been the CEO of an artificial intelligence (AI) company in France and has held other key positions in the telecommunications and financial investment world, decided to take the opportunity to buy the historic Napa Valley 26 acre Sullivan Rutherford Estate from the Sullivan family, the custodians of that piece of land for over 40 years. It would prove to be a good partnership in terms of handing over the estate to someone who not only wanted to bring this winery more to the forefront of the Napa fine wine world but that the history and legacy would be appreciated and built upon. The estate lies on land that has a deep and rich history which goes back almost two centuries to 1821 when Mexico took over ownership of Napa Valley from Spain. Mexico divided the Napa Valley into two parts: Rancho Carne Humana in the North and Rancho Caymus in the South. Sullivan Rutherford Estate director of winemaking, Jeff Cole, said that they are "essentially in the middle of the heart of Napa Valley vineyards" since the back of the border of their estate is along the Rancho Caymus line as it is right in the middle of where the property lines of Rancho Caymus and Rancho Carne Humana meet.


Starbucks just revealed the truly disturbing effect of working from home

ZDNet

I worry about my friends. Most every organization has been thrust into the future of work. What will determine failure or success in this brave new world? I don't get to see them so often -- if at all. I want to know if they've changed. I want to know if working from home has altered them in such a way as to fundamentally affect how they live and who they are.


Using artificial intelligence to smell the roses

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A pair of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, has used machine learning to understand what a chemical smells like--a research breakthrough with potential applications in the food flavor and fragrance industries. "We now can use artificial intelligence to predict how any chemical is going to smell to humans," said Anandasankar Ray, a professor of molecular, cell and systems biology, and the senior author of the study that appears in iScience. "Chemicals that are toxic or harsh in, say, flavors, cosmetics, or household products can be replaced with natural, softer, and safer chemicals." Humans sense odors when some of their nearly 400 odorant receptors, or ORs, are activated in the nose. Each OR is activated by a unique set of chemicals; together, the large OR family can detect a vast chemical space.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food & Beverages Market Analysis and Forecast by Rapid Growth Rate …

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The prime objective of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food & Beverages market report is to provides an in-depth analysis of all market dynamics …


Meet the AI start-up helping Nestlé, Barilla, and Mondelēz cut production waste

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In production, waste comes in many shapes and sizes. For some businesses, it could be'reject' products that don't fit the desired weight, size, or shape. For others, it could be a question of quality – such as colour or moisture variances – or raw materials variability. Whatever the form of the waste, production losses are'very important challenges to deal with', according to Seebo co-founder and CEO Lior Akavia. The start-up was born out of a desire to cut waste in production lines, both in prediction and prevention.


This battery sleeve for Amazon Echo 2 lets you bring Alexa anywhere

Mashable

As smart as your digital home assistant is, it's not exactly mobile. Alexa generally lives inside your smart speaker, which needs to remain tethered to an outlet. That also means you have to bring yourself to it whenever you want to issue a command, ask a question, or choose some music. Seems a bit counterproductive, yeah? What if you want to bring your digital assistant with you on a camping trip?


Kroger Breaks Ground on Robotic Distribution Center – IAM Network

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CINCINNATI, OHTuesday, July 28th, 2020 Automation has almost become synonymous with evolution across many sectors of the food industry and those companies leading the charge are sure to experience the enormous benefits both today and in the future. Kroger is charging forward with its vision for automation with its innovative Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC) with high-tech partner Ocado. The Frederick, Maryland-based facility has just broken ground on a 350,000-square-foot structure with the ability to create as many as 500 jobs for the area. "Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Maryland in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before," Robert Clark, Kroger's Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Sourcing, said upon the reveal of the planned facility in January according to our sister publication AndNowUKnow. "Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience."One of the biggest factors capturing attention for the trade is its location--Kroger has no physical stores in the vicinity, nor any plans for them, according to news source wtop news.