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A food delivery robot's footage led to a criminal conviction in LA


Footage captured by a food delivery robot in Los Angeles was used to arrest and convict two people after a failed attempt to steal it off the street earlier this year, according to 404 Media. Serve Robotics, which works with Uber Eats for last-mile deliveries in the area, shared videos of the incident with the Los Angeles Police Department both proactively and after a subpoena. Serve previously met with LAPD to "open a line of communication" between the two ahead of any potential troubles, emails obtained by 404 also show. It comes at a time when public wariness around the technology is already high, with concerns about just how much the robots are recording and where that footage ultimately goes. Serve Robotics CEO Ali Kashani boasted about the resulting convictions on social media, tweeting, "Some genius once tried to steal one of our robots… It didn't end well (for them)."

A New Coca-Cola Flavor at the End of the World

The Atlantic - Technology

Coca-Cola often experiments with new flavors, and they're usually flavors you can imagine, having tasted them before: vanilla, cherry, lemon. But the latest is called Y3000, a reference to the far-off year 3000, and one that Coca-Cola says was concocted with the help of, in some way, artificial intelligence. It smells like circus-peanut candies and tastes mostly like Coke. The company says this soda was made to evoke a "positive future," with a label that has "a futuristic feel," due to its color palette of silver, violet, magenta, and cyan. The Coca-Cola logo on the Y3000 bottle is made of "fluid dot clusters that merge to represent the human connections of our future planet."

Waitrose turns to AI to create recipes for successful food products

The Guardian

Under fake pink cherry blossom, guests sipped House of Suntory cocktails and picked at plates of chicken karaage, prawn gyoza and cauliflower tempura from a kaitenzushi-style conveyor belt … This was the London launch of Waitrose's new Japanese range. But without knowing it, and even if you live hundreds of miles away, your food choices may have had a hand in shaping the supermarket's 26-dish Japan Menyū range. That is because it was developed with input from Tastewise, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that analyses menus, social media and online recipes to pinpoint food trends. While many businesses and individuals are concerned that AI is going to eat their lunch rather than set the menu, the technology is becoming more prevalent in the food industry, with its use doubling since 2017, according to McKinsey's 2022 Global Survey on AI. This is probably because it offers under-pressure retailers and food manufacturers an understanding of what fickle shoppers will want to buy in the future. It takes a year to perfect a new food project, but even so most of them miss the mark, and in recent times, companies have instead been forced to play catch-up with trends that have exploded on social media.

The beer of the future? MailOnline tastes one of the world's first beers designed by AI

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It seems the usefulness of ChatGPT knows no bounds as even brewers are using the tool to make new beer. German brand Beck's is one of a number of companies to have turned to the clever AI chatbot to make a futuristic beverage, called Beck's Autonomous. ChatGPT not only came up with the beer's recipe but also its packaging, name, advertising campaign and even a design for the beer's website. Beck's is the first commercial brewery to work with ChatGPT, although other independent brew houses in North America have already done the same. MailOnline gave Beck's Autonomous a try to see how it compares with the brand's flagship lager.

From lollipop-flavored Coke to digitally-made beef stew: The foods and drinks designed by AI on shelves this year- but would YOU try them?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

There is a lot of fear about AI - but it might do wonders for our taste buds. Around the world, major companies such as Mars are scrambling to use artificial intelligence to design better foods, with dozens of products already on sale. From sodas to alcohol and vegan food, firms want hope that AI's vast processing power will help invent recipes that we mere mortals have overlooked. Analyst Mordor Intelligence expects the market for AI in food production to grow to $35 billion worldwide by 2028. The limited edition Y3000 drink boasts that it is'futuristic flavoured' (Coca Cola) Coca Cola has released a new Zero Sugar drink'co-created' by human designers and AI which is designed to taste like a drink from the year 3000.

AI-powered bird feeder takes candid pics, identifies our feathered friends as they snack

FOX News

Birda co-founders John and Natalie White shared details of their social birding network with Fox News Digital. An AI-powered bird feeder called Bird Buddy doesn't only feed the birds -- it takes candid photos and identifies the species of each bird as it lands for a snack. Bird Buddy CEO Franci Zidar, whose company is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, told Fox News Digital that the product uses artificial intelligence technology to take clear and "interesting" snapshots of the birds that come to feed. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)? The smart bird feeder then detects the type of bird species -- and sends a notification with the photo and bird info to its owner's mobile device.

Coca-Cola's AI-generated soda tastes like marketing


AI is just about everywhere lately, but nobody expected it to be used as a salvo in the ongoing cola wars. Coca-Cola, however, has other plans, as it just launched a new flavor co-created by artificial intelligence. The company's calling it the soda "from the future" and it's available for a limited time in both regular and zero sugar varieties, as reported by CNBC. It's called Y3000, which is certainly a futuristic-sounding name, though it calls to mind Skynet and its army of evil Terminators more than a refreshing beverage. Coke hasn't released any information as to how it actually tastes, but testers describe it as resembling a raspberry slushy.

NASA technology can spot wine grape disease from the sky. The world's food supply could benefit

Los Angeles Times

Cutting-edge NASA imaging technology can detect early signs of a plant virus that, if unaddressed, often proves devastating for wineries and grape growers, new research has found. While the breakthrough is good news for the wine and grape industry, which loses billions of dollars a year to the crop-ruining disease, it could eventually help global agriculture as a whole. Using intricate infrared images captured by airplane over California's Central Valley, researchers were able to distinguish Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines that were infected but not showing symptoms -- before the point at which growers can spot the disease and respond. The technology, coupled with machine learning and on-the-ground analysis, successfully identified infected plants with almost 90% accuracy in some cases, according to two new research papers. "This is the first time we've ever shown the ability to do viral disease detection on the airborne scale," said Katie Gold, an assistant professor of grape pathology at Cornell University and a lead researcher on the project.

53 Best Labor Day Deals (2023): Grills, Vacuums, Mechanical Keyboards


Ah, summer, we miss you and you're not even over yet. But with Labor Day weekend underway, it means not just the traditional end of summer, but also a rash of end-of-summer sales on furniture, outdoor gear, and most everything else. We've rounded up the nicest deals from around the web, from ebikes to weighted blankets. Be sure to check out our Best Labor Day Mattress Sales roundup and REI Labor Day Sale as well. We also have a big list of back-to-school deals with more discounts that are worth your while. Updated September 2, 2023: We've added new deals, like the Google Nest Hub Max. Special offer for Gear readers: Get WIRED for just $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to, full Gear coverage, and subscriber-only newsletters.

Could THIS be the next John Lewis Christmas advert? AI predicts what this year's ad will look like - and it's a real tear-jerker

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Every winter, households across Britain get misty-eyed at the latest Christmas advert from John Lewis. From 2021's'Unexpected Guest' featuring an alien crash-landing on Earth, to 2016's'Buster the Boxer' starring a dog leaping on a trampoline, these adverts pull on our heartstrings like no other. While there's still four months to go until Christmas rolls around, some people are already so excited for the advert that they're speculating what it could be about. Its script features a pocket watch left in a cozy coffee shop in a picturesque snowy village - but does it live up to John Lewis' reputation? The ad opens on a snowy village with a cozy coffee shop at the heart.