Restaurants


Alexa will now order you a Domino's pizza in the UK

Engadget

There are many ways to order a pipin' hot Domino's pizza. To get started, you'll first need an Easy Order account, which is set up through the Domino's website. Next, you'll have to enable the Domino's skill through the Alexa app and link your Domino's and Alexa accounts. Absolutely, but then so is ordering pizza.


Seatris eyes smart tables for Thai restaurants

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Seatris, web-based restaurant management software from Germany, is introducing its machine learning technology in Thailand as part of the company's business expansion efforts in Asean market. The company's machine learning technology has been applied to what they call "smart table", which includes online booking and an automatic waitlist system. "Asia, especially Thailand, is an interesting market for casual and fine dining. The reseat algorithm tracks interested diners and automatically refills cancelled tables through smart match-making.


EDITORIAL -- What work will look like in the 'Age of AI'

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Those engaged in low-skilled jobs, such as fast-food workers or assembly line workers doing repetitive tasks, are already being heavily impacted by their robotic counterparts. The question, of course, in Cayman is how artificial intelligence (more so than robotics) is likely to impact our leading industries, mainly the financial sector, which is already witnessing their operations being transformed by an amalgam of algorithms and systems that analyze "big data," assess risk and make forecasts – once the domain of quick-thinking humans with sharp eyes and reliable "guts." For years, banks and money managers have deployed technological tools to analyze data, spot anomalies and identify trends and opportunities. Frankly, while some see "big data" as the inevitable future, a sizable number of contrarians, buoyed the boondoggles of predicting recent elections, predict "big data" is, in fact, a trendy "big dud."


AI could lead to "cliff-edge" scenario of mass unemployment, PWC warns (E&T Magazine)

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AI could lead to "cliff-edge" scenario of mass unemployment, PWC warns The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) by businesses to replace workers could lead to a "cliff-edge" scenario where huge swathes of the working population suddenly lose their jobs as the technology reaches financial viability, the accounting firm PWC has warned. It said firms and the state must double down on their efforts to improve the education system and help workers retrain to ensure AI delivers the much-heralded boost to the UK economy. That will be largely predictable because you will be able to predict and see that business case changing." AI could lead to "cliff-edge" scenario of mass unemployment, PWC warns


Dataminr Solves Twitter's 'Needle In Haystack' Problem For Hedge Funds And Banks

International Business Times

Over time Dataminr has learned certain patterns around how information emerges when people first talk about things on Twitter, and how particular information surfaces. "Twitter was scaling globally as a unique public platform where individuals around the world could Tweet about breaking events they were witnessing. We built a real-time system to detect this information by identifying unique data patterns that emerge on Twitter when breaking information is first published by Twitter users anywhere around the world. Dataminr's system was built to understand how financially relevant events like food-borne illness outbreaks have emerged on Twitter in the past, and our system can detect such patterns in real-time, determine relevancy, and alert our clients.


Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

Los Angeles Times

There are still things that humans do better than machines, such as prepping ingredients, making sauce, developing recipes and knowing when something isn't right with a pie. But automation and software enables Zume to reduce costs, make more pizzas, predict what pizzas people want before they order them and, eventually, take on the big pizza chains. "I'm the every-technology minder," said Goldberg, who oversees Zume's robots, conveyor belts, software, apps, and the ovens built into the trucks that let the company cook pizzas while they are being delivered. One of the big pushes came decades ago when car manufacturing became automated, and software engineers found themselves building the machines that built the machines.


Robots are coming to a burger joint near you

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Grilling burgers may be fun on the Fourth of July, but less so if hot grease is your daily grind. The southern California start-up has built a robotic "kitchen assistant" called Flippy to do the hot, greasy and repetitive work of a fry cook. Fry cooks, the people who flip burgers (or fillets) all day at a hot grill, move on from the job faster than others in the field. It develops proprietary control software to enable the robots to work as cooking assistants in complex environments right alongside humans, said CEO David Zito.


Zume pizza uses robots to deliver in four minutes

Daily Mail

Silicon Valley's Zume Pizza, which began delivery in April 2016, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multibillion-dollar pizza delivery market. Robots Pepe and Giorgio squirt tomato sauce onto the dough while Marta (also a robot) spreads the sauce and Bruno lifts the pizza into the oven. In Silicon Valley and beyond, tech startups are building robots to help reduce labor costs, speed production and improve safety in the restaurant industry. Zume's founders say the company doesn't plan to eliminate any of its roughly 50 employees, but move them into new jobs as robots take over more kitchen work and the company opens new locations Zume's founders say the company doesn't plan to eliminate any of its roughly 50 employees, but move them into new jobs as robots take over more kitchen work and the company opens new locations.


This robot-made pizza in Silicon Valley should terrify Domino's and Pizza Hut Business Insider

Robohub

Robots could kill off huge swaths of jobs in the future -- but at least they come bearing pizza. Founded in 2015, Zume Pizza uses robotics and artificial intelligence to make pizza more quickly. The startup has expanded its delivery area across Silicon Valley since its retail launch last fall and added new team members including a former UberEats executive and a robot that can press a mound of dough into the perfect pizza crust five times faster than a human.


Drone drops HOT DOGS!

FOX News

Recent events clearly suggest fast food fans will be very well catered for once full-fledged drone delivery services get off the ground. Oscar Mayer is the latest to join the party, this week unveiling the WienerDrone as part of its WienerFleet, which of course includes its famous WienerMobile. Domino's Pizza in New Zealand is already offering a limited drone delivery service for fans of the cheesy delight, flying orders from one of its outlets to customers in under 10 minutes. Domino's flying machine, built by Nevada-based drone specialist Flirtey, lowers the boxed pizza using a tether.