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Patients aren't being told about the AI systems advising their care

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Since February of last year, tens of thousands of patients hospitalized at one of Minnesota's largest health systems have had their discharge planning decisions informed with help from an artificial intelligence model. But few if any of those patients has any idea about the AI involved in their care. That's because frontline clinicians at M Health Fairview generally don't mention the AI whirring behind the scenes in their conversations with patients. At a growing number of prominent hospitals and clinics around the country, clinicians are turning to AI-powered decision support tools -- many of them unproven -- to help predict whether hospitalized patients are likely to develop complications or deteriorate, whether they're at risk of readmission, and whether they're likely to die soon. But these patients and their family members are often not informed about or asked to consent to the use of these tools in their care, a STAT examination has found.


Meet White Castle's new robot chef, Flippy

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Move over human grill cooks, White Castle is teaming up with Miso Robotics to test an automated sous-chef. The aptly named Flippy--an AI-enabled kitchen assistant--is set to join the staff at a Chicago-area burger joint for a trial run that could usher in a new era of robot hash slingers. Since its unveiling in 2018, Flippy has cooked more than 40,000 pounds of fried food--including 9,000 sandwiches at LA's Dodger Stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, and two CaliBurger locations, where it works alongside humans to increase productivity and consistency. "I think automation is here to stay and this is the first example of a really large credible player starting down that journey," Miso Robotics CEO Buck Jordan told TechCrunch of the White Castle collab. Engineers are working to install the latest version of Flippy at an undisclosed location in Chicago, where the mechanical fry cook will be integrated into the restaurant's point-of-sale system, allowing it to get to work as soon as an order is placed.


Gyant raises $13.6 million for its AI telehealth platform

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Gyant, whose AI-enabled health platform is designed to drive patient-doctor engagement, today closed a $13.6 million round. The company says the funding will support its ongoing product development, operational, and interoperability efforts. The demand for triaging technologies, like conversational bots, has risen substantially as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, which isn't surprising. Millions of patients wait at least two hours to see a health care provider, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response, tech giants like IBM, Facebook, and Microsoft have partnered with governments and private industry to roll out chatbot-based solutions, as have a number of startups.


NowRx raises $20 million to expedite prescription deliveries with automation

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Pharmaceutical startup NowRx today announced it has closed a $20 million round raised through crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. NowRx, which claims the round is the largest in SeedInvest's history, says it will use the funds to expand into new U.S. markets (including Arizona) and expand its pharmacy technology. The global e-pharmacy market could be worth $107.53 billion by 2025, according to Zion Market Research, and the pandemic will no doubt accelerate its growth. Contactless shipments promise to limit exposure to the coronavirus while saving time otherwise spent standing in line. The startup operates 5,000-square-foot micro-fulfillment centers in cities like Burlingame, California, where automation technologies -- including robots -- sort, count, bottle, and label orders "at the same or better" margins as large pharmacy chains.


Creator of 'robot chef' makes move on commercial kitchens in the UK

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The company behind the world's first AI-powered robot kitchen assistant has announced its debut funding round in the UK in what could be a pivotal step in its quest to get the concept established with restaurant chains here. Miso Robotics – the US creator of the Flippy robot – is aiming to raise £24m via Crowdcube to support its expansion into Europe. The company has previously raised more than $17m (£13m) in funding rounds in the US, following a valuation of over £64m in 2019. Flippy, which cooks burgers, fries and chicken, can learn from its surroundings and acquire new skills and is already deployed in the US market at CaliBurger restaurants and iconic venues such as the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles through Levy Restaurants, part of Compass Group. This week, Miso Robotics announced that US fast food chain White Castle will deploy Flippy in order to modernise its operations. The fundraising comes at a time when QSRs are having to work even harder to build resilient operations that offer safer working environments as they reopen following the Covid-19 pandemic.


A Smarter Way to Predict Cash Flow Led This Company to Adopt AI

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This article is contributed by Internet Creations, a professional services organization based in New Jersey, and a Salesforce partner with 11 support agent and sales apps on the AppExchange. During my career, I've learned the value of creating experiences that help keep stress levels down -- to anticipate what people may need before they have a problem. When the founder of Internet Creations asked me to take on the role of CEO shortly after COVID-19 hit, I knew this leadership approach would be more important than ever during the crisis. What fears might employees and customers have? How can we proactively solve them?


Patients aren't being told about the AI systems advising their care

#artificialintelligence

Since February of last year, tens of thousands of patients hospitalized at one of Minnesota's largest health systems have had their discharge planning decisions informed with help from an artificial intelligence model. But few if any of those patients has any idea about the AI involved in their care. That's because frontline clinicians at M Health Fairview generally don't mention the AI whirring behind the scenes in their conversations with patients. At a growing number of prominent hospitals and clinics around the country, clinicians are turning to AI-powered decision support tools -- many of them unproven -- to help predict whether hospitalized patients are likely to develop complications or deteriorate, whether they're at risk of readmission, and whether they're likely to die soon. But these patients and their family members are often not informed about or asked to consent to the use of these tools in their care, a STAT examination has found.


Navigating the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space Sciences

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While it was a sci-fi concept, then, it is no longer a fiction anymore. Scientists around the world are using AI algorithms to predict the life of other planets in the solar system, detecting the presence of water, finding out the possibility of a Blackhole, or determining the orbital curve of a celestial object. According to NASA officials, AI could also aid in the search for life on alien planets and the detection of nearby asteroids in space. What took years for earlier astronomers to discover can now be done in a shorter time duration by using machine learning models of AI. Now researchers from Princeton University have claimed to have found a way to predict if a planet will clash with another in its path.


Land O'Lakes and Microsoft form strategic alliance to pioneer new innovations in agriculture and support rural communities

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"Land O'Lakes is one of the most important food suppliers in the U.S., and our nation's farmers and consumers rely on its ability to rapidly adapt to changing market forces through innovation," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "Through our partnership, we will apply the power of Azure and its AI capabilities to help Land O'Lakes solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the industry and bridge the divide between rural and urban communities." "As America's farmers continue to deliver the world's safest, most affordable food supply, they face an increasing number of obstacles that are beyond their control. The data-based, precision agriculture tools that we are building with Microsoft will provide the edge they need, but unreliable or nonexistent high-speed internet in rural areas keeps these tools out of reach for many. Through this alliance, we will work to address this need and help farmers remain profitable and sustainable," said Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc.


New Tech On milCloud 2.0 Powers Mission Success – MeriTalk

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For today's warfighters, it's imperative to have access to the latest technology at the blink of an eye to ensure mission success and warfighter safety. To meet the challenge of equipping today's warfighters with mission-critical information, milCloud 2.0 is stepping up to provide the technology that is vital to that effort. On Wednesday July 22, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Intel, Oracle, and MeriTalk will be hosting a webinar, "milCloud 2.0: Leveraging the Latest Tech for the Mission" to educate mission partners about the latest milCloud 2.0 capabilities and technologies, as well as how the platform helps support rapid innovation in mission-critical areas including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cyber sensing, and other emerging technology solutions. The July 22 webinar – the second in a series of four – will help organizations maximize milCloud 2.0 capabilities, and will dive into: The digital conversation will be led by three preeminent subject matter experts: Senior Director for Oracle Public Sector Lauren Farese; Cloud Services Portfolio Lead for milCloud 2.0 at GDIT Jeffrey Phelan; and Chief Enterprise Solution Architect at Intel Darren Pulsipher. Managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency and operated by GDIT, milCloud 2.0 connects commercial cloud service offerings to Defense Department (DoD) networks.