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Making logistics processes smarter with cloud

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With artificial intelligence (AI) gaining pace, businesses are rethinking and redesigning their operations to make their logistics'smarter', to make new age solutions like anticipatory and elastic logistics possible. AI is transforming the way business operations are performed, making the ecosystem connected and making it a'smarter world.' When AI is infused with'cognitive' systems--next-generation systems that work side by side with humans, accelerating our ability to create, learn, make decisions and think--it then transcends barriers of scale, speed, scope and standards. Today, the confluence of four fundamental shifts - IoT, AI, changing business demands and real-time API's is making a huge paradigm shift that helps organizations become smarter and better.


DoorDash was built using AI to speed up food deliveries

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AI for DoorDash means using machine learning to smooth the process out. DoorDash began experimenting with AI to introduce personal recommendations, which gave the company a 25 percent increase in orders over users who saw the most popular listings. The company currently offers delivery to 39 North American markets and, starting tomorrow, will begin introducing its service into three more -- Orlando, Florida; Long Island, New York; and New Jersey -- bringing the total to 42 markets. Tackling the challenges of a logistics system capable of delivering food opens DoorDash up to the opportunity of delivering goods from other stores and merchants.


Amazon's delivery drone hive patent is an urban planning nightmare

Popular Science

It still sounds like science fiction, but Amazon's drone delivery program is actually deep into testing, and it is built like infrastructure, to accommodate the instantaneous demands of a massive population, where it can. The latest patent depicts a hive-like tower that houses and launches delivery drones throughout a dense city. "Fulfillment centers are typically large-volume single-floor warehouse buildings used to temporarily store items prior to shipment to customers," reads the patent, "Often, due to their large footprint, these buildings are located on the outskirts of cities where space is available to accommodate these large buildings. Thus, there is a growing need and desire to locate fulfillment centers within cities, such as in downtown districts and densely populated parts of the cities."


Tompor: How Amazon Prime is selling deals, apps, memberships and more

USATODAY

As part of its promotion, Amazon is pitching that shoppers use the Amazon App for "early deal" watching for Amazon Prime Day. How Kroger can combat Amazon's onslaught As part of Prime Day, Amazon is marketing more "Alexa-exclusive deals" for members with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, compatible Fire TV or Fire tablet. No surprise to Amazon Prime Day regulars, Amazon Prime Day often features sales on its devices, such as Amazon Echo, too. Alexa now has more than 100 exclusive deals available on Amazon Echo Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap or Fire TV.


AI experts predict the future: Truck drivers out of jobs by 2027, surgeons by 2053 ZDNet

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Overall, the respondents believe there is a 50 percent chance that AI beats humans at all tasks in 45 years and will automate all human jobs within 120 years. But as Grace et al point out in the paper, the machine-learning experts were asked when AI could beat a human at Go on the condition that opponents had played or been trained on the same number of games. "For reference, DeepMind's AlphaGo has probably played a hundred million games of self-play, while Lee Sedol has probably played 50,000," they note. Specifically, researchers were asked about the chances of an intelligence explosion happening within two years of machines having learned to do every task better and more cheaply than humans.


Can AI Speed Up the Supply Chain Process?

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With the faculty of both intra-city and inter-city route planning, Route Optimization is technology's answer to the famous Traveling Salesman Problem. Predicting disruptions and training AI to learn from contingency plans developed by humans enables automated corrective action in the future. Driverless vehicles, alone have the potential to completely change the way we transport products, and they're closer than we think. AI armed with predictive analytics can analyze massive amounts of data generated by the supply chains and help organizations move to a more proactive form of supply chain management.


Amazon patents beehive-like structure to house delivery drones in cities

The Guardian

The application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which was written in 2015 and published last week, included a number of drawings of drones flying in and out of tall cylinder-shaped buildings that Amazon wants to locate in central metropolitan areas. The buildings would also allow for traditional vehicle deliveries and could possibly include a self-service location for customers to pick up items in person. If Amazon moves forward with its vision of urban drone centers outlined in the patent application, the Seattle-based corporation could also likely face a range of obstacles in the regulation of the nascent industry of commercial drones – including attempts to control their movement and local zoning and development laws. The company also made headlines last year with a patent for flying warehouses, called "airborne fulfillment centers", that could be located above metropolitan areas, functioning like giant airships coordinating drone deliveries.


Amazon considers multi-story hives for its busy drones

USATODAY

Amazon has applied for a patent that gives more insight into the infrastructure it may be planning for its drone delivery program, Amazon Prime Air. The Seattle e-retailer, whose $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods is shaking up the grocery and delivery business, entered the pilot-testing period for drone deliveries in December after it legally delivered a package using a drone in the United Kingdom. In late December, it was awarded a patent for a flying warehouse where drones could pick up packages. Drone deliveries would only be available in good weather and daylight, and Amazon Prime Air would only be able to deliver packages weighing five pounds or less.


Amazon could fill our cities with towering Echo-shaped drone hives

Mashable

Amazon has registered a patent to do this. Amazon has, after all, also registered a patent for huge flying drone warehouses, like blimps that spew miniature versions of themselves out into the world below, a design built to deliver packages so quickly that customers will barely have ordered the thing before it shows up at their door. Doing this requires lots of drones and lots of packages. All those packages must be stored somewhere, and if drones are the future of delivery, those storage centers must cater to them.


Will FedEx offer delivery by drone? The company's CIO offers a glimpse into its robotics plans

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Carter is responsible for setting the technology agenda across FedEx's various operating companies, including its planes-and-trucks Express shipping service and office-and-home Ground delivery service, which operate in 220 countries. He recently told MIT Technology Review about some of FedEx's emerging technology initiatives in artificial intelligence and robotics. Carter says the company is working with the startup Peloton Technology, whose semi-autonomous technology electronically links trucks into small caravan groups called platoons. Satish Jindel, who heads the transport and logistics consultancy SJ Consulting Group, thinks that FedEx is making the right bets for a closely scrutinized public company.