Some people call this Artificial Intelligence (AI), but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of AI, I think we'll augment our intelligence, quoted by Ginni Rometty, CEO (Chief executive officer) of IBM. The business of selling food to customers is being disturbed to a level not since the last pandemic, over 100 years ago. So, it's not true that the crisis accelerated the adoption of technology in the manner that is occurring today with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the food industry. It is increasingly possible that our food system was ill-prepared (antifragile) for this Covid-19 induced crisis.
Robots in agriculture are becoming increasingly used by the industry today. An example would be the multiple analytics and machine learning tools used in smart farming to help with predicting harvests. One of these tools, agriculture robots, are normally used collaboratively (known as cobots). These robots possess mechanical arms and make harvesting much easier for farmers. Compared to traditional industrial robots and machinery, cobots are designed to work alongside human employees, giving manufacturers the benefits of both robots and humans combined.
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Who invests a database worth of intelligence into the price of a chocolate bar? Turns out, it could be more than half of all retailers. In 2020, 58% of top retailers said they planned to implement some form of AI pricing technology by the end of 2021, according to research conducted for Revionics, a pricing technology company. That compares with 34% in 2020. It's likely they are implementing the technology as pandemic-related inventory delays cause customer-infuriating price hikes: 90% of shoppers said in a recent survey that they plan to switch brands, seek lower prices or cut back on discretionary spending because of higher prices.
Amazon, the owner of Whole Foods, is finally bringing the sort of high-tech features we were expecting to the nationwide grocery chain. Its cashierless Just Walk Out tech will soon arrive in two Whole Foods locations, after starting off in Amazon's own Go grocery stores. Just Walk Out uses computer vision, sensors and AI to let you walk into a store, sign in with an app, fill up your bags and leave without joining a checkout line or scanning your items. I've tested out the systems at my local Amazon Fresh, and I'll begrudgingly admit, it's magical. It's not my go-to grocery store, so I usually only pick up an item or two.
Today, I will talk about discovering interesting patterns in data, what is called pattern mining, and in particular about how the concept of taxonomy can be useful to find interesting patterns. There has been a lot of research on pattern mining over the years to find various types of interesting patterns in data, and numerous algorithms have been designed for that. To explain the interest for taxonomies in finding patterns, I will talk about a classical problem in pattern mining called high utility itemset mining. High utility Itemset mining aims at searching in data to find itemsets (sets of values) that have a high importance as measured by a utility function. There are many applications of this problem, but let me illustrate it with shopping data as it is a popular example.
Amazon on Wednesday said it's bringing its "Just Walk Out" shopping technology to two Whole Foods stores, giving it an opportunity to test the cashierless payment system in a larger retail space. Next year, with the system in place at stores in Washington, DC, and Sherman Oaks, Calif., shoppers will have the option to skip the checkout line. Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, the tech giant first introduced the "Just Walk Out" system at its first Amazon Go store in 2016. The system uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to eliminate checkout lines.
After launching it in Go stores and then bringing it to larger Fresh supermarkets, Amazon's cashierless "Just Walk Out" tech will soon arrive in two Whole Foods locations. The service, which lets you pick up goods from shelves and (yep) just walk out, is coming to new stores in Washington DC and Sherman Oaks, California next year, the company announced. "By collaborating with Amazon to introduce Just Walk Out shopping at these two Whole Foods Market stores, our customers will be able to... save time by skipping the checkout line," said Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey. As we've detailed previously, Just Walk Out uses computer vision, sensors and AI to let you walk into a store, sign in with an app, fill up your bags and leave without the need to join a checkout line. On top of using the tech in its own Go and Fresh stores, Amazon signed a deal last year to license its technology to third-party retailers.
Have you watched the "Silicon Valley" comedy series of HBO? If so, I bet you remember the Not Hotdog app that Jian Yang developed. Here is a clip to refresh your memory. So basically this app identifies whether something is Hot dog or not. Well, we can train with other types of objects to identify them as well.
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