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Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Communications of the ACM

U..S. employment statistics hit a new milestone last year, but not a positive one. In August 2021, almost 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the highest number since the department began tracking voluntary resignations. Their reasons for leaving their jobs vary--the numbers track people who quit for a different position, as well as those who quit without having another job lined up. While the reasons for quitting vary, one thing is clear: Businesses are having a tough time getting employees to come back.


Artificial intelligence used to stop shoplifting

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Security cameras are everywhere, but artificial intelligence is changing the way they are being used. KRON4 tested one such system at a grocery store in San Jose to see how A.I. is preventing shoplifting. Picture this scenario, someone walks into Lunardi's Market on Meridian Street. They decide to take home a nice bottle of Merlot -- only they also decide not to pay. But before they can walk out the door, the store manager steps in and stops them.


Waste management using artificial intelligence

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In addition, "alternative foods" led by food artificial intelligence technology companies are offered as a solution to global warming and animal welfare issues caused by factory farming and food shortages due to population growth. Alternative foods are proteins derived from proteins or alternative meat or dairy products from cell culture, or alternative proteins from edible insects. As burgers with vegetable protein substitutes have already gained recognition in terms of taste and quality in the United States, substitute meat is predicted to account for 60% of global meat consumption by 2040 and become popular. Now is the era of'environmentally friendly' rather than'eco-friendly'. Food safety anxiety from production to consumption is also reduced by a management system based on Artificial intelligence and big data, and food taste and texture are also formatted with a 3D food printer that takes into account not only personal health but also the health of the earth.


The Biggest Technology Trends In Wine And Winemaking

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It is not often that I am able to combine two of my life's passions: future tech and wine. When we think about the wine business, the images that come to mind might be more of vineyards stretching across the French countryside than of robots and digital transformation. But the fact is that the industry has always been driven by science, technology and innovation. Today, things are no different. The latest wave of technology-driven change is focused on artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things, augmented reality and blockchain.


Using AI as a perception-altering drug

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They all had some effect, surely. Could I have done it without them? Hang on, what *is* the it that I wouldn't have done? Real life usually lacks counterfactuals. I sense this topic could add some spice to the discussions of those who have been asking about the role of psychoactive substances in art since time immemorial, though the AI component adds nothing fundamentally new.


What Impact does AI serve in the Food Industry?

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Food processing and handling is the most important business among the numerous manufacturing businesses in the world that provide the most employment opportunities. The human workforce is critical to the successful production and packaging of food products. The food industry is failing to sustain the demand-supply cycle and is also deficient in food safety as a result of human engagement. Industrial automation is the best approach for overcoming these challenges in the food industry. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) techniques are used to automate everything.


Uber Eats delivery goes fully autonomous

ZDNet

Greg Nichols covers robotics, AI, and AR/VR for ZDNet. A full-time journalist and author, he writes about tech, travel, crime, and the economy for global media outlets and reports from across the U. Uber Eats is turning to autonomous vehicles in a major market. Along with AV partner Motional, the third-party delivery platform will be launching a new autonomous delivery experience in Santa Monica, California. Deliveries will be conducted in Motional's IONIQ 5 vehicles, which are capable of operating autonomously. Participating restaurants bring packaged orders to the curb and place them inside a locking compartment.


Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles

Engadget

Uber Eats is launching not just one but two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles, TechCrunch has reported. The first is via an autonomous vehicle partnership with Motional, originally announced in December, and the second is with sidewalk delivery firm Serve Robotics, a company that spun out of Uber itself. The trials will be limited, with deliveries from just a few merchants including the Kreation juicery and organic cafe. Serve will do short delivery routes in West Hollywood, while Motional will take care of longer deliveries in Santa Monica. "We'll be able to learn from both of those pilots what customers actually want, what merchants actually want and what makes sense for delivery," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.


AI suggests how to make beer with whatever ingredients you have

New Scientist

AI that mimics aspects of the behaviour of flies seeking food can be used to design new beer recipes. It can also accurately recreate an existing brew using alternative ingredients when supplies are unstable. Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie at the University of Greenwich, UK, and his colleagues say that brewers traditionally follow existing recipes or create new ones using the time-consuming process of trial and error. He says that the AI tool is intended to "flip this whole equation around, so instead of …


How a grocery startup in Georgia is using AI and edge computing for "frictionless" shopping

ZDNet

Stephanie Condon is a senior staff writer for Red Ventures based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. Retail -- and grocery in particular -- is a tough business. Grocers operate on razor-thin margins, and they're up against commercial giants like Amazon and Walmart. Increasingly, major grocery chains are turning to AI, edge computing and other innovative technologies to help them bring down costs. But along with Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and other big names in the industry, one small startup in the Atlanta area is betting that a tech-first approach to grocery shopping will help them expand their business across the US.