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"Bots are programmed to sell, not care!" Artificial intelligence roasted in creepy ad for travel agency …

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The ad features a humanoid robot that plays on the idea that things like AI and algorithms will never be as good as the human touch you get from …


'Tech for Good': Using technology to smooth disruption and improve well-being

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The development and adoption of advanced technologies including smart automation and artificial intelligence has the potential not only to raise productivity and GDP growth but also to improve well-being more broadly, including through healthier life and longevity and more leisure. Alongside such benefits, these technologies also have the potential to reduce disruption and the potentially destabilizing effects on society arising from their adoption. Tech for Good: Smoothing disruption, improving well-being (PDF–1MB) examines the factors that can help society achieve such benefits and makes a first attempt to calculate the impact of technology adoption on welfare growth beyond GDP. Our modeling suggests that good outcomes for the economy overall and for individual well-being come about when technology adoption is focused on innovation-led growth rather than purely on labor reduction and cost savings through automation. This needs to be accompanied by proactive transition management that increases labor market fluidity and equips workers with new skills. Technology for centuries has both excited the human imagination and prompted fears about its effects. Today's technology cycle is no different, provoking a broad spectrum of hopes and fears.


Amazon Prime Day 2021: 48 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals (Day 2)

WIRED

This year finds us in a much different place than last. Instead of hunkering down for a chilly, lonely winter, we're flinging aside our face masks and getting ready to return to the outside world. However, if you're having friends over for the first time in more than a year, you might still need help vacuuming the living room carpet. Or maybe you're styling your hair to appear in public for the first time in a loooong time and have forgotten how to do it! If that's the case, we can help! We perused all of Amazon's Prime Day deals for the second day to find the best ones for you, your kids, and your dusty corners and kitchen counters. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP.


Robot soda jerk from company that brought you Flippy

ZDNet

Robots are coming for fast food, and Miso Robotics is angling to speed up adoption. The company behind the Flippy fry cook robot is moving into beverages with a robotic beverage dispenser, part of a new partnership to bring another robot to your local burger joint. Miso Robotics and Lancer Worldwide, a global beverage dispenser manufacturer are rolling out what's described as an intelligence backed, automated beverage dispenser. "Lancer has consistently supplied the market with dependable products for more than 50 years and there was no question when it came time to decide who to partner with to create an automated beverage dispenser," said Jake Brewer, Chief Strategy Officer of Miso Robotics. Fast food, known more formally as the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry, has been booming during the pandemic as dine-in options closed or became less popular with diners.


Amazon Prime Day 2021: 42 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals

WIRED

This year finds us in a much different place than last year. Instead of hunkering down for a chilly, lonely winter, we're flinging aside our face masks and getting ready to return to the outside world. However, if you're having friends over for the first time in more than a year, you might still need help vacuuming the living room carpet. Or maybe you're styling your hair to appear in public for the first time in a loooong time and have forgotten how to do it! If that's the case, we can help! We perused all of Amazon's Prime Day deals to find the best ones for you, your kids, and your dusty corners and kitchen counters.


As U.S. Cruises Resume, Operators Outfit Ships With Contact-Tracing Tech

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"All of that technology helps health and safety as we return to service," said Jay Schneider, a Royal Caribbean Group senior vice president and its chief product innovation officer. The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. Large cruise ships, capable of hosting 5,000 passengers or more, proved a ready setting for the spread of Covid-19 during the early days of the pandemic. Now, cruises will have the advantage of catering to a population with access to the vaccine, though there is no guarantee every passenger will be vaccinated. Royal Caribbean, which owns and operates the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises brands, recently developed a wrist device, the "Tracelet," to help with contact-tracing.


McDonald's being sued in Illinois for collecting customer's biometric data at AI-powered drive-thru

Daily Mail - Science & tech

McDonald's is being sued for recording customers' biometric data at its new artificially intelligent-powered drive-thru windows without getting their consent. In court filings, Shannon Carpenter, a customer at a McDonald's in Lombard, Illinois, claims the system violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, by not getting his approval before using voice-recognition technology to take his order. BIPA requires companies to inform customers their biometric information--including voiceprints, facial features, fingerprints and other unique physiological features--is being collected. Illinois is only one of a handful of states with biometric privacy laws, but they are considered the most stringent. A McDonald's customer in Chicago is suing the burger chain, claiming it records and stores users' voiceprints without their written consent, in violation of Illinois strict biometric privacy law In 2020, the fast-food chain began testing out using voice-recognition software in lieu of human servers at 10 locations in and around Chicago.


How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the Food and Beverage industry

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The possibilities are vast and the ability to inspire should not be undersold – this is a time to dream big. But in order to garner support for your AI ambitions, it is also necessary to demonstrate proof of concept. Here are some real-life examples of how AI can change the game for F&B manufacturers around the globe. AI systems deliver safer, more accurate production lines results with greater speed and more consistency than human workers. And on the factory floor, AI-based detection can be used to keep employees and equipment safer, identifying potential risks, such as a worker who has forgotten to wear the appropriate safety gear.


Europe's answer to Amazon Go

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Helen, a stay-at-home mum living in the north of Lisbon, has just done a weekly grocery shop. But instead of paying for her items at the cash register, she's walked straight out of the store without going to a checkout. The 34-year-old is one of the early customers of Europe's first autonomous store, which uses computer vision and machine learning to enable customers to shop without queuing, paying with a cashier or even getting their wallet or phone out. "I'm glad this store opened in my neighbourhood," she told Sifted on a recent visit. "It's so much more convenient to shop when you have a baby stroller. The store, which is a partnership between technology provider Sensei and the physical retailer Continente, is an early example of what Sensei hopes will soon be used by retailers across the continent. It aims to be Europe's answer to Amazon Go, the checkoutless shop created by Amazon which launched in London this March after testing the water in the US over the past three years. Sensei's bet is that ultimately all shops will be compelled to adopt this technology in pursuit of improved customer experience. "There's no hassle, no friction in the experience: if you forgot to buy water, you just go in, buy your water, come out –– it's super fast!


Amazon's Echo Show 8 (2nd gen) is the smart display your home needs

Mashable

The Echo Show 8 (2nd generation) is a sleek, smart addition to the Echo lineup, boasting an 8-inch HD touchscreen, a super responsive auto-panning and zooming camera to keep you in focus during video calls, dual stereo speakers, and the ever-adaptive Alexa. As a central hub for your home, it really can't be beaten, but it needs a little more work to be a good fit for the work-from-home crowd. If you're familiar with the 1st gen Echo Show 8, you know it's not exactly a compact device -- and the 2nd gen Echo Show 8 is the same size, measuring in with an 8-inch screen and a 4-inch by 8-inch footprint. That could be a pro or a con, depending on what you're looking to get from the device (and where you want to put it). I love the size for my kitchen because it's nice to have a large screen there for recipes, and it's a gathering area for the family where we can easily make video calls.