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Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Cleaning Machines Might be the Future, if the Unions Allow it

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In September, San Diego robotics startup Brain Corporation will introduce artificial intelligence software that allows giant commercial floor-cleaning machines to navigate autonomously. The follow-up offering it wants to develop may be even more forward-looking: A training and certification program for janitors to operate the machines. The program, still in early stages of planning, is aimed at helping janitors maximize efficiency and establishing standards and best practices for the use of robots in janitorial work, according to Brain Corporation. The company says it is not aware any other such training program exists. There's additional incentive for Brain Corp. to offer training options.


5 Reasons Why You Should Consider AI Automation for Small Business

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If you are aware of the developments in technology, then you have probably heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI). For a lot of people, it's too complex or high-tech so they don't really pay a lot of attention to it. In fact, even small businesses don't think much of AI. They believe that only big tech companies like Apple and Google can utilize it. AI has numerous benefits for small businesses.


Tech-savvy Chinese farmers use drones to spray pesticide

Daily Mail

Farmers in China have caught up with the country's booming drone trend and started using unmanned aircraft to spray pesticide onto the fields. Not only that, a team of villagers in central China recently bought 30 of these bug-zapping vehicles in hope of turning it into a new business. Zhu Xiwang and his neighbours said they hoped their squad of agri-drones to could help them start a pest-killing service, according to Huanqiu.com, an affiliation to People's Daily Online. This £24.8K flat pack folding home takes just SIX HOURS to build Pictures show the 30 drones lining up on a field, ready to take off. The unmanned aircraft, known by its model name MG-1S, is produced by Shenzhen-based Da Jiang Innovation, one of the largest drone manufacturers in China.


AI will boost Ireland's GDP by €48bn by 2030

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AI could be one of the biggest commercial opportunities for Ireland. Artificial intelligence (AI) is forecast to boost Irish GDP by 11.6pc or the equivalent of an extra €48bn, according to new research by PwC. The consulting giant recommends that the effect on jobs in the long term will at least be neutral, if not net positive, but this depends on employers putting Ireland at the forefront of the AI revolution by investing in skills and technology. 'Put an action plan in place around AI and manage with the same discipline you would put around any technology-enabled transformation. Don't wait for it to happen around you' – RONAN FITZPATRICK The analysis in the PwC report The Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Ireland's Economy shows that the potential for AI to impact the Irish economy is slightly lower than the global average (13.8pc by 2030 and $15.7trn) but slightly higher than in other northern European (9.9pc by 2030 and $1.8trn) and southern European (11.5pc by 2030 and $0.7trn) economies.


How AI will redefine creative careers and job roles

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AI, to me is the magic that transpires when large amounts of data are refined and compartmentalised by high speed, computing power, with an end of delivering highly personalised human experiences. The advent of this super power, for all its indisputable potential, has induced fear in some; excitement in others but most definitely inspired a collective sentiment of curiosity. Some of the key topics that have snuck into daily discourse have questioned the capability of man and machine to work together in higher synergy, more interesting has been our paranoia towards an antagonism that could emerge between "them" and us. Could AI create a utopian work environment where time is fully taken away from mundane and repetitive tasks? Could this leave us to spend 100% of our time on tasks that require our passion, creativity and qualities that fundamentally make us human?


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In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution they are encouraging could backfire politically, particularly in Trump country. It was the tale of a successful, long-distance beer run. A robotic truck coasted driverless 120 miles down Interstate 25 in Colorado on its way to deliver 51,744 cans of Budweiser. Not everyone at the hearing was impressed by the milestone, particularly the secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters, whose nearly 600,000 unionized drivers played no small roll in President Trump's victory last year.


AI-based Business Process Automation in the Enterprise

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Industry 4.0 is impacting not only Operational Technology, but Information Technology as well. This can most readily be seen, perhaps, when one considers how machine learning and artificial intelligence is driving efficiencies in business processes that begin with physical documents, digitize them, and then classify, enrich and dispatch them to workflows before they are, finally, archived in document management systems. "Digital" is now firmly embedded in every business. But even with technology as an integral part of the organization and its strategy, it is people who will ensure success in a world that continues to reinvent itself at an unprecedented rate. Simply adding more technology to the enterprise is insufficient; we must focus instead on enabling people to do more with that technology.


Artificial Intelligence and Recruitment. Threat or Opportunity?

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There has been a lot of press coverage over the summer about robots and more generally Artificial Intelligence (AI) taking over the world of work. BBC news has recently run a special feature on it which included an interactive test to check if your job is at risk (Will a robot take your job?). Artificial Intelligence is the science of how to make machines that can think for themselves according to Stanford University. Increasingly, machines have been able to learn and improve their own performance to produce results that until recently was only thought possible to obtain using human intelligence and social experience. It is this achievement which has thrust AI as a concept back into the mainstream press, along with all the sensational headlines.


Iron Ox Brings Robotics to Hydroponic Greenhouse Farming

WIRED

When you think of automation, you probably think of the assembly line, a dramatic dance of robot arms with nary a human laborer in sight. The grandest, most disruptive automation revolution has played out in agriculture. First with horses and plows, and eventually with burly combines--technologies that have made farming exponentially cheaper and more productive. Just consider that in 1790, farmers made up 90 percent of the US workforce. In 2012, it was 1.5 percent, yet America still eats.


The real value of Artificial Intelligence

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Over recent years there's been a growing buzz around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what implications it'll have for the future of the human workforce. AI is beginning to touch everything we do in our day-to-day lives. From Siri to Alexa, it's now become a household norm. But our recent SalesTech report highlighted that there is a divide in opinion when it comes to AI adoption, with just 47% of Brits and 55% of Americans currently using AI in the workplace. It's clear that Brits are more guarded when it comes to AI, with just 40% of Brits using it to help them plan their day compared with 45% of Americans.