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What Robots Can Do for Retail

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Robots have rolled into retail, from six-foot-tall free-moving machines spotting spills in Giant Foods Stores to autonomous shelf-scanners checking inventory in Walmart. At Lowe's, the home improvement chain, a "LoweBot" in some stores can answer simple questions, such as where to find items, and can assist with inventory monitoring. The real benefit of retail robots is the opportunity to capture more granular data about the products on the shelves and customer buying patterns, which can increase efficiency and accuracy in inventory management. The key is using retail robots as data-collectors within an internet-of-things (IoT), which is best thought of as a complex network of connected devices, objects, and sensors gathering voluminous data that is analyzed in the cloud or with edge computing, which uses nearby servers to lower latency. From manufacturing to transportation and now retail, IoT creates an intelligent digital ecosystem.


Supermarkets of the Future: Deploying AI in Your Grocery Store -- ITRex

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Personalized promotions A few years ago, promotions were advertised in catalogs or through broadcasts. Both options were rather expensive and displayed the same information for all consumers coming to the store. In supermarkets of the future, AI and advanced analytics offer plenty of information on every individual buyer, such as their meal preferences, food allergies, and motives behind their purchases. By employing AI in grocery personalization, retailers gain extensive knowledge of who is walking down their aisles. This approach enables retailers to craft customized promotions to attract buyers and increase sales.


McDonald's Sticky Situation and the 'Right to Repair' - Connected World

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It's an unfortunate, all-too-common scenario: A customer shows up to McDonald's craving a tasty treat and is turned away because the ice-cream machine is out of order. A recent Wired article delves into the saga of Jeremy O'Sullivan and Melissa Nelson, cofounders of Kytch, who may end up in a legal battle with the fast-food giant and Taylor, the ice-cream machine manufacturer that supplies many of the machines within McDonald's franchises. Neither company wants Kytch to make their Taylor C602 ice-cream machines smart. Kytch offers machine owners the benefits of remote control, realtime data and analytics, and AI (artificial intelligence)-powered predictive maintenance. It's a Raspberry Pi-based device that's easy to install into machines to give them a voice--essentially turning a dumb machine into a smart one and allowing decision-enhancing insights to flow from machines to machine owners, without having to go through a maintenance person first.


When you check out your fresh produce, the AI recognizes the product, even if it's wrapped in layers

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When you check out your fresh produce, the AI recognizes the product, even if it's wrapped in layers When you check out your fresh produce, the AI recognizes the product, even if it's wrapped in layers Submit some samples of your voice and AI will be able to speak exactly as you - what could go wrong? Submit some samples of your voice and AI will be able to speak exactly as you - what could go wrong? Open AI's GPT-3 text generator is released into the wild and generates content that is impermissible Open AI's GPT-3 text generator is released into the wild and generates content that is impermissible "Metacognition" is our ability to reflect on our own certainty - today's AI's are all too confident "Metacognition" is our ability to reflect on our own certainty - today's AI's are all too confident "Turking" for Amazon and its competitors is a lifeline for some, and exploitative grind for others "Turking" for Amazon and its competitors is a lifeline for some, and exploitative grind for others


How Robots and AI Are Transforming the Food Industry

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In addition to automating repetitive tasks, Martial Hebert, a professor with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University explained that robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling food manufacturers to track products and consumer demand--then match production to this demand, based on data analysis. When companies are better able to analyze important steps like production, transportation, and refrigeration, he said, they're also better able to monitor food safety, including whether food was inadvertently contaminated and where that food was shipped and sold.


Data Engineering Team Leader - Store Pick

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We design and build the systems with technology that powers ocado.com, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer; groceries.morrisons.com, the fastest growing online supermarket, and other clients. We are constantly pushing the limits of what our technology can do. To accelerate this work, we are expanding our development team in Sofia, Bulgaria and opening new roles. As our business evolves, we are writing a next generation, cloud based grocery platform, Ocado Smart Platform, which will be used to run Ocado, Morrisons, Kroger, ICA, Aeon, Coles and other international retailers in the future. Join us and you'll have the opportunity to work across a wide range of high class technology, with exceptionally smart and collaborative people, to create an unrivalled platform.


1 crucial human trait robots can't replace in the workforce

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There's a special bond that's forged by the vulnerability of sitting -- dripping wet -- as a hairdresser snips and shears your wayward locks. A trusted hairdresser or barber has the power to make or break your day -- even month -- with a few flourishes, all while deftly discussing everything from politics to family gossip. Service robots have already come for our grocery stores and construction sites, and now a new hair brushing robot designed by engineers at MIT could be the first step toward automating hairdressers as well. While robots and algorithms may outdo humans when it comes to efficiency, Michelle Shell, a visiting professor of operations and technology management at Boston University whose research focuses on humans' emotional response to technology, tells Inverse that automating these very human jobs could have repercussions not only for customers, but employees as well. Built like a bodybuilder, the thick robotic arm of RoboWig is adorned by a tiny, delicate hairbrush that is designed to sweep gently through users' hair -- at least in theory.


How AI is Revamping the Food Industry for Good

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Artificial intelligence is set to change the future of the food industry. It is helping farmers produce high-quality yields with accurate weather predictions, enabling restaurant owners to reduce waste and assisting grocery stores to maximize sales! From food processing and farming to supply chain and food safety compliance, AI has penetrated every aspect of the food industry. Early adopters of this emerging technology are sure to become the market leaders of tomorrow. The implementation of AI in the food industry has triggered a paradigm shift that has resulted in fewer human errors, reduced waste, space-saving, faster service, personalized products, increased sales, and seamless supply chain management. It is no surprise that companies are looking for technology partners to kick-start their AI journeys for better business outcomes.


Machine learning might keep our fruit from going bad

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Praise be to scientists, who work behind the scenes, with little fanfare, to make our lives better. Case in point: Apeel, a company dedicated to reducing global food waste. In 2018 the company introduced a plant-based coating that helps extend the shelf life of produce, including avocados. No more avocados going from rock-hard in the grocery store to mushy brown goo on our kitchen countertops the moment we take our eyes off of them! The coating has been used commercially on avocados, organic apples, and citrus fruits, and it has been helping grocers save over 20 million pieces of fruit annually.


Global Big Data Conference

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Have you ever wished you had a personal sommelier to help you choose the right wine? A wine that's perfect for the occasion, tastes great according to your personal preferences, and is at the right price point for you? That's exactly what Vivino can do for you. Vivino is the world's largest online wine marketplace, and with the help of the data being generated by their 51 million users, you can always find the right wine for you. I interviewed Heini Zachariassen, Vivino's Founder and CEO, about how Vivino is using big data and artificial intelligence to help people find and purchase their perfect wine.