The area that intrigued me the most was in enhancing customer experiences. Mathers elaborates, "We've seen consumer companies like L'Oreal, Whole Foods, and a membership club in the wine and spirits space, innovating how they can simplify, improve and remove barriers to purchase. L'Oreal has built tools into their mobile app so you can apply cosmetics while standing in a drug store and see whether it's the right shade for you. Whole Foods is using some of their tools with their recipes site so you can pop in a couple of ingredients that you have and it starts pushing you a couple more things that you might want to buy in the store. So, growing basket size or helping people expand their grocery list if they're meal planning.
As computers integrated into everyday life, a romanticism emerged: the idea that they might be able to do everything perfectly--from handling your finances to even finding you a mate. And as the field of artificial intelligence continues to grow, a brewery in Virginia has even used this technology to create what it hopes could be the perfect IPA--and the methodology they used is certainly intriguing. Charlottesville's Champion Brewing company recently teamed up with the nearby machine learning company Metis Machine to brew their new ML IPA--a computer's vision of what should essentially be the ideal IPA. And since the project is based in science, Champion was very specific about what data it chose to feed into the computer. "We provided the parameters on which IPAs are judged at the Great American Beer Festival (SRM, ABV, IBU) and matched that range with the 10-best-selling IPAs nationally, as well as the 10 worst selling IPAs at a local retailer and Metis came up with the results," Hunter Smith, owner of Champion Brewing Company said announcing the beer.
Advanced machine learning and high-resolution satellite images are set to revolutionise the Australian grape and wine community's regional mapping and vineyard insights. World leading agricultural artificial intelligence software, GAIA (Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture), has been developed by Consilium Technology, in partnership with DigitalGlobe and Wine Australia. The software provides groundbreaking insight into the health and quantity of all vineyards across Australia – effortlessly and in real-time. The partnership's initial co-investment will see GAIA deployed in Australia's wine regions to prove that the technology can deliver accurate, timely and cost-effective information about Australia's winegrape vineyards. DigitalGlobe is the world's leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery.
We all know by now that robots are the future of farming, and things are no different for winemakers in The Golden State. Faced with the shortage of water and workers, they asked researchers from the University of California to create an irrigation system that needs minimal human input. What the team came up with is a system called Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery (RAPID) that uses a machine to monitor and adjust water emitters attached to irrigation lines. The researchers have been working to advance and refine the system since 2016, and RAPID is actually the second version of the project. In a new report, IEEE talks about where the researchers are with it, a bit over a year after it received a $1 million grant from the Department of Agriculture.
Complex models are commonly used in predictive modeling. In this paper we present R packages that can be used to explain predictions from complex black box models and attribute parts of these predictions to input features. We introduce two new approaches and corresponding packages for such attribution, namely live and breakDown. We also compare their results with existing implementations of state of the art solutions, namely lime that implements Locally Interpretable Model-agnostic Explanations and ShapleyR that implements Shapley values.
Ed DeFraine describes how AI improved managing vending machines, flanked at left by Jason Hosking of Hivery, Reza Kasravi of Coca-Cola North America and Matt Robards of Hivery. The power of artificial intelligence in automated retailing has been proven in the full line beverage vending industry, a business that requires managing product selection and service for thousands of machines across hundreds of miles. Reyes Coca Cola Bottling, an Irvine, California-based Coke bottler serving California and Nevada, presented the results of a two-year AI project that helped the company to significantly improve sales and reduce service costs. Ed DeFraine, vice president of food service and on-premise for the bottling company, explained the AI project during last week's National Automatic Merchandising Association show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. He was joined by representatives of the company's AI partner in the project, Australia-based Hivery.
People have become picky eaters. Our ancestors ate whatever they could forage, but modern day Homo Sapiens expect gourmet meals at street food prices on demand. To meet fickle consumer tastes, food and beverage (F&B) companies are looking to artificial intelligence to help them scale new products and stay profitable. Whether they are hacking logistics, human resources, compliance, or customer experience, these smart brands recognize the ways AI can impact how fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are produced, packaged, stored, distributed, marketed, and consumed. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are fundamentally changing the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and food and beverage industries.
The topic of industry disruption -- "a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses" -- is rife with misconceptions. One of the biggest is that it is a mysterious, random, and unpredictable event. Another is that it happens to you in ways that are beyond your control. Those views may have been valid at one time, but they no longer apply. Industry disruption, as Accenture research has found, is reasonably predictable.
What's cooler than Amazon's Alexa voice assistant being able to get you a beer? Having it delivered via a toy tank. Software developer Balázs Simon posted his newest project, called WalaBeer Tank, to Hackster earlier this week and you'll just have to see the results to believe it: The tank, a remote control toy, is rigged to deliver beer on command – complete with a crane system that makes it look like your beer is about to be launched like a ballistic missile. And in what may be our favorite use of a voice assistant so far, it can be controlled entirely using Alexa. One of the'selling points' of the tank is its follow me mode.
Over the last decade, Mexican drug cartels have been fighting each other--and corrupt police and military units--for control of the lucrative drug trade, plunging the country into chaos. Outsiders might think of Mexico as sunny and tequila-soaked, but beyond the beach resorts of Cancun and Mazatlan there hides a grimmer tale: levels of murder, rape, and kidnapping are hitting levels rarely seen outside hotspots in Africa, Asia, and South America. So grim the tale, when 43 college students went missing in Mexico's southern state of Guerrero in 2014, investigators found 129 other bodies in 60 fosas clandestinas (mass graves) before stumbling on badly burned remains in a mass grave they think might--possibly, maybe--contain what's left of the missing students. Mexico's attorney general says the local mayor conspired with the town's police force to abduct the students and turn them over to a local gang, who murdered them and burned the bodies, and dumped the charred corpses into a river. The situation is so bad that, after six decades of gains, the average life expectancy in Mexico has decreased, according to recent research.