Symphony RetailAI Names Chris Koziol CEO

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Seasoned software executive brings full suite of global retail and technology leadership experience to drive Symphony RetailAI's focus on worldwide customer success, AI-powered innovation and growth Symphony RetailAI, a leading global provider of AI-powered platforms and customer-centric solutions for customer-centric merchandising, marketing and supply chain solutions that deliver profitable growth for retailers and CPG manufacturers, announced the appointment of Chris Koziol as CEO and a member of the company's board of directors. Dr. Pallab Chatterjee, who previously served as CEO, has retired after a long career in technology, including several years at Symphony Technology Group. Koziol has an extensive background in retail and enterprise software and brings with him over 35 years of executive experience and success in the software technology sector, including 20 years in CEO, president and chief operating officer positions for mid-size and billion-dollar businesses. He most recently served as president and CEO of Aspect Software where he helped reposition the company as a $330M cloud-based software company. Prior to that, Koziol was COO of JDA Software and was instrumental in JDA's rapid growth during his tenure, presiding over its expansion into supply chain optimization and planning solutions through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth.


AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper--So Drive Carefully

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The town of Rotterdam, New York, has only 45 police officers, but technology extends their reach. Each day a department computer logs the license plates of around 10,000 vehicles moving through and around town, using software plugged into a network of cameras at major intersections and commercial areas. "Let's say for instance you had a bank robbed," says Jeffrey Collins, a lieutenant who supervises the department's uniform division. "You can look back and see every car that passed." Officers can search back in time for a specific plate, and also by color, make, and model of car.


Cisco Live 2020 Barcelona Showcases Latest Transformative Technologies

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Cisco Live 2020 Barcelona opens, and runs through January 31, at Fira de Barcelona in Spain, bringing together nearly 20,000 customers, partners, IT professionals and visionaries. The event is designed to help customers realize the full realm of opportunities open to them, and give them the cutting-edge knowledge, skills, and technologies to make it happen. Throughout the week, innovations across Cisco's cybersecurity, networking and collaboration portfolios, as well as within its DevNet program will be unveiled – all designed to help businesses scale, stay secure, and drive digitization. Keynote presentations from Cisco's President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) region, Wendy Mars, and the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business, David Goeckeler, as well as other Cisco business leaders, will showcase the company's strategy to help partners and customers seize new business opportunities in the era of digital transformation. "Cisco is central to helping customers achieve business outcomes beyond what was once thought possible, amidst the fastest and largest tech transition in history," said Mars. "Organizations worldwide – small to large and across all sectors – are still in the early days of harnessing the sheer potential of many emerging technologies like AI, 5G, adaptive and predictive cybersecurity, intelligent IoT, and more. We are delighted to welcome our customers and partners to Cisco Live and help them capture the real business value that these exciting new technologies can deliver."


New artificial intelligence inspired by the functioning of the human brain

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has enabled the development of high-performance automatic learning techniques in recent years. However, these techniques are often applied task by task, which implies that an intelligent agent trained for one task will perform poorly on other tasks, even very similar ones. To overcome this problem, researchers at the University of Liège (ULiège) have developed a new algorithm based on a biological mechanism called neuromodulation. This algorithm makes it possible to create intelligent agents capable of performing tasks not encountered during training. This novel and exceptional result is presented this week in the magazine PLOS ONE.


AVIO Consulting Appoints New VP Of Sales And Marketing

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Prior to AVIO Consulting, Slack was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Clevyr, who builds software solutions. Before that, he was the Director of Business Development for Hoegg Software. Slack's passion for tech also inspired him to co-create StarSpace46, a coworking space in Oklahoma City serving tech startups. AVIO has recently been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies by the Inc. 5000 List, Consulting Magazine, and the SMU Cox Dallas 100, among others. Slack's hire was a result of AVIO's desire to keep building momentum for the firm's healthy growth with a clear and strategic vision.


2021 Cadillac Escalade getting hands-free Super Cruise driving aid

FOX News

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is an all-new sedan that's set to get better with age, says chief engineer Brandon Vivian, with upgrades to its Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver aid. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be equipped with the latest version of the automaker's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver aid, the automaker has confirmed. It will be the brand's first SUV with the system, which will also be available on the upcoming CT4 and CT5 sedans. Super Cruise launched in 2017 in the CT6 sedan with the ability to drive the car within a lane on certain divided highways, allowing a driver to let go of the steering wheel and take their feet off the pedals. It uses a facial recognition camera that can tell if a driver is looking ahead with their eyes open, and won't work if they're not.


More than half of UK gaming industry based outside south-east

The Guardian

More than half of the Britain's video games industry is based outside London and the south-east, according to a report from the sector's trade body, with gaming directly contributing more than £1.35bn to the UK economy. The report reveals that the UK gaming industry employs more than 16,000 people. Ukie, the trade body that produced the report, argues that this makes the sector the most productive of all of the nation's creative industries, with each individual employee contributing more than £80,000 to the national economy. The regional distribution of that contribution is significantly more than many other creative industries. Where more than half of the film industry, by company, is based in London, the figure is 28% for games, with significant sectoral hubs based in more than 20 towns and cities nationwide.


Florida could use drones to fight pythons and invasive species

The Japan Times

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law that prohibits law enforcement from using drones to gather information and bans state agencies from using drones to gather images on private land. It would allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Forest Service to fly drones to manage and eradicate invasion species on public lands. Sen. Ben Albritton said he has been told that drones equipped with lidar, which stands for "light detection and ranging," might be able to identify pythons. "As you know, chasing those nasty critters down there in the Everglades is a difficult task," Albritton said.


Apple's self-driving car system could use voice, gesture guidance - Roadshow

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Apple has its eye on self-driving car tech. Interacting with a future self-driving car could be a lot like working with some future interpretation of Apple iOS with voice, gesture and touch-enabled commands at your disposal. It's the overarching view gathered after reading through an Apple patent application filed last August and published last week for a self-driving car voice and gesture guidance system. CEO Tim Cook said in 2017 that Apple was working on an autonomous car system, rather than a car itself, as had been previously rumored. At its core, the system described in the patent application gives passengers three ways to give the autonomous car directions and input, and much of the described system is incredibly similar to commands we're used to today.