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R2-D-Chew: robot chef imitates human eating process to create tastier food

The Guardian

The culinary robots are here. Not only to distinguish between food which tastes good and which doesn't, but also to become better cooks. A robot chef designed by researchers at Cambridge University has been trained to taste a dish's saltiness and the myriad of ingredients at different stages of chewing – a process imitating that of humans. It is a step above current electronic testing that only provides a snapshot of a food's salinity. Replicating the human process, researchers say, should result in a tastier end product. "If robots are to be used for certain aspects of food preparation, it's important that they are able to'taste' what they're cooking," said Grzegorz Sochacki, one of the researchers, from Cambridge's department of engineering.


Using artificial intelligence, Meta can build its data centers with low-carbon concrete - Actu IA

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In 2018, Meta committed to minimizing its environmental footprint and is targeting net zero emissions for its value chain in 2030. However, it has plans to build eight data centers. To reduce the carbon emissions this one will generate, META's team, with the help of Lav Varshney and Nishant Garg from the University of Urbana-Champaign, designed a low-carbon concrete using generative machine learning algorithms that they tested at the Delkab, Illinois, facility. Concrete has been used for thousands of years to construct buildings and structures. Although it has evolved, cement is now one of its ingredients, but it is also the major source of its greenhouse gas emissions.


Hands-on reinforcement learning course -- part 1

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Let's walk this beautiful path from the fundamentals to cutting edge reinforcement learning (RL), step-by-step, with coding examples and tutorials in Python, together! This first part covers the bare minimum concept and theory you need to embark on this journey. Then, in each following chapter, we will solve a different problem, with increasing difficulty. Ultimately, the most complex RL problems involve a mixture of reinforcement learning algorithms, optimization, and Deep Learning. You do not need to know deep learning (DL) to follow along with this course.


Best vegan chicken nuggets (2022)

ZDNet

Meat analogues or "plant-based" meats, such as the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger, have received wide media coverage over the past several years. As fast food chains have begun offering meat-free versions of their popular sandwiches, much of this content has been positive, such as my write-up about the Burger King Impossible Whopper for my local newspaper. When compared to their meat counterparts, however, the nutritional "healthiness" of these analogues has not been fully researched. It will require long-term study to determine if they can replace animal meat in a well-rounded diet due to their lack of overall amino acid "completeness," concerns regarding additives and processing, and questions about their sustainability in terms of overall manufacturer impact on the environment. Despite these unknowns, there is still significant interest in creating these foods for several reasons.


Meta's newest AI discovers stronger and greener concrete formulas

Engadget

They may not be able to shout "Eureka!" like their human colleagues but AI/ML system have shown immense potential in the field of compound discovery -- whether that's sifting through reams of data to find new therapeutic compounds or imagining new recipes using the ingredients' flavor profiles. Now a team from Meta AI, working with researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have created an AI that can devise and refine formulas for increasingly high-strength, low-carbon concrete. Traditional methods for creating concrete, of which we produce billions of tons every year, are far from ecologically friendly. In fact, they generate an estimated 8 percent of the annual global carbon dioxide emission total. Advances have been made in recent years to reduce the concrete industry's carbon footprint (as well as in make the material more rugged, more resilient and even capable of charging EVs) but overall its production remains among the most carbon intensive in modern construction.


How is Artificial Intelligence used in the beauty industry?

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When was the last time sustainability became associated with the beauty industry? With all the new and major brands in cosmetics and beauty projects emerging and producing new products left and right. It's hard to determine which of these brands can live up to customer demands and expectations. Fortunately, the beauty industry is among countless business sectors benefiting from innovative technology. AI in the beauty industry is exploding in numerous ways across a range of products.


Researchers Glimpse How AI Gets So Good at Language Processing

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In the last two years, artificial intelligence programs have reached a surprising level of linguistic fluency. The biggest and best of these are all based on an architecture invented in 2017 called the transformer. It serves as a kind of blueprint for the programs to follow, in the form of a list of equations. But beyond this bare mathematical outline, we don't really know what transformers are doing with the words they process. The popular understanding is that they can somehow pay attention to multiple words at once, allowing for an immediate "big picture" analysis, but how exactly this works -- or if it's even an accurate way of understanding transformers -- is unclear.


If you're waiting for the metaverse revolution, you already missed it

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Facebook has invested $10 billion in the metaverse. It's so bullish on this new state of existence that it changed the name of its parent company to Meta. That sounds like a timely investment, as Goldman Sachs is putting the value of the metaverse at $12 trillion. That's more than enough to buy the 30 largest companies on the Dow Jones, including Apple and Microsoft at today's prices … and leave enough money left over to enjoy 58 billion large Dominos pizzas and 2.5 billion bottles of Dom Perignon to wash them down with.


Behavior trees for AI: How they work

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The first two, as their names suggest, inform their parent that their operation was a success or a failure. The third means that success or failure is not yet determined, and the node is still running. The node will be ticked again next time the tree is ticked, at which point it will again have the opportunity to succeed, fail or continue running. This functionality is key to the power of behaviour trees, since it allows a node's processing to persist for many ticks of the game. For example a Walk node would offer up the Running status during the time it attempts to calculate a path, as well as the time it takes the character to walk to the specified location. If the pathfinding failed for whatever reason, or some other complication arisen during the walk to stop the character reaching the target location, then the node returns failure to the parent. If at any point the character's current location equals the target location, then it returns success indicating the Walk command executed successfully. This means that this node in isolation has a cast iron contract defined for success and failure, and any tree utilizing this node can be assured of the result it received from this node. These statuses then propagate and define the flow of the tree, to provide a sequence of events and different execution paths down the tree to make sure the AI behaves as desired.


Food biology : what a revolution with Artificial Intelligence in Korea !!!

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has been developed that learns ingredients in ingredients and creates new recipes by composing combinations. An artificial intelligence (AI) that learns ingredients in ingredients and creates new food recipes by composing combinations has been developed. Kang Jae-woo, a professor of computer science at Korea University, announced on the 29th that, in collaboration with Sony AI, a subsidiary of Sony, a Japanese electronics company, the research team developed an AI that recommends the optimal combination of ingredients by using the characteristics of chemical ingredients in ingredients and big data from market recipes. This is the flavor graph developed by the research team. It connects ingredients by combining chemical molecular information and recipes.