Restaurants


You can now watch tech bring food to your door with a few taps of your smartphone

Mashable

DoorDash and Marble joined forces with Jack in the Box to test an innovative new service in our city streets: autonomous robot food delivery. Their objective is to make delivery more efficient in urban areas, where machines can navigate the city more quickly than a car. "We believe robot delivery challenges conventions of food service, and we are thrilled to team up with DoorDash and Marble on this forward looking idea." The robot is equipped with a custom software that allows it to navigate autonomously, safely, and efficiently from the restaurant to its delivery destination.


Chatbots for Restaurants - A Better Customer Experience

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They can be built in any live chat interface, such as Slack, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, messaging apps or text messages. Last year, the popular pizza chain Domino's introduced'Dom the Pizza Bot' to enable its customers to order directly via Facebook messenger. It takes their orders, answers their questions, organizes group office orders, gives menu recommendations and handles transactions. So, next time, customers order the food through the chatbot, the process is even simpler and quicker, making them happy with the efficient handling of their orders.


Artificial intelligence may exceed human capacity

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At some point in time after singularity occurs, one of these self-aware machines will surely raise its claw (or virtual hand) and say; "hey, what about equal pay for equal work?" Only a century ago women were demanding the right to vote. Less than a century ago most white Americans didn't think African and Chinese Americans should be paid wages equal to whites. Many women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work, and Silicon Valley is a notoriously hostile workplace for women.


Starbucks Is Preparing to Unleash Creepy New Artificial Intelligence That Sucks More Money From You

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This fall as Starbucks rolls out more of its new cloud-based Digital Flywheel program, backed by artificial intelligence (AI), the chain's regulars will find their every java wish ready to be fulfilled and, the food and drink items you haven't yet thought about presented to you as what you're most likely to want next. If it's your birthday, Starbucks will offer a personalized birthday selection. "Starbucks is one of the best companies in the world that connects brand, user and consumer experience between digital mobile and the real world," said Solis. " They are still pushing forward, rolling out their Digital Flywheel strategy to be more dynamic to further integrate digital and real world."


Domino's Pizza launches Amazon Echo voice ordering

Daily Mail

A deal signed between Domino's and Amazon means the firm's voice activated devices will now allow you to order your favourite items with a single command. A deal signed between Domino's and Amazon means the firm's voice activated devices (pictured) will now allow you to order your favourite items with a single command Pizza fans can now simply call for Alexa, who will take care of your order. Alexa is the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo and Echo Dot (pictured). Example commands include'Alexa, ask Domino's to feed me', which will order your favourites items basket from your Easy Order account.


How restaurants will soon serve you a fresh plate of AI

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But, in spite of nearly $2.5 billion in global restaurant tech investment since 2012, many restaurants remain reluctant to adopt new products. For restaurant owners, this kind of information is valuable in making operational decisions -- pulling low-performing menu items or putting Brian the server on the slowest night because he's great at upselling wine -- but that value is ultimately passed along to the customer as well in the form of more appealing dining options and better service. With a platform that understands a customer from end to end, you can deliver that VIP scenario consistently: As soon a guest is seated, the server can see important information about that guests (visit history, order history, food preferences, and more) and use this insight to deliver a VIP experience. In most industries, the endgame for data and analytics is automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but the restaurant industry may buck the trend.


Does the next industrial revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

Robohub

Traditional robots focused on single, fixed, high-speed operations and required a highly skilled human workforce to operate and maintain them. Industry 4.0 machines are flexible, collaborative and can operate more independently, which ultimately removes the need for a highly skilled workforce. These enable deep learning to be applied to extremely large data sets at extremely fast speeds. It could well be the 22nd century before robots really have the potential to make human labour obsolete by developing not just deep learning but true artificial understanding that mimics human thinking.


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."