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Grab and go: Amazon opens Seattle store with no cashiers

The Japan Times

SEATTLE – No cashiers, no registers and no cash -- this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday in Seattle, which lets shoppers take milk, potato chips or ready-to-eat salads off its shelves and just walk out. Amazon's technology charges customers after they leave. "It's such a weird experience, because you feel like you're stealing when you go out the door," said Lisa Doyle, who visited the shop. Amazon employees have been testing the store, on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year.


10 Science and Tech Predictions For 2018 - The Education Network

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With the onset of the New Year, expectations are high on the rise as every person across the globe looks forward to the fulfillment of dreams and predictions. Personal or professional, this is quite a wide spectrum. Cutting off from the vast list, a majority of the people look forward to what is coming up in science, technology and business field. From business magnets to tech experts, excitement is everywhere, and it is the time for them to reveal what is coming up in the next 12 months and what their expectations are. Most people link technology with gadgets, but it is something more and much more than that.


AI Predictions for 2018 – Santanu Bhattacharya – Medium

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And the venerable Time magazine asked the seminal question in our minds, "Are Computers Already Smarter than Humans"? AI outperformed professional players, most notably in beating a Chinese master at "Go". Real time speech translation is becoming more powerful every day and in next five years, my Spanish would be as good as my Japanese, thanks to the AI and machine learning. These are just a few of the milestones AI reached in 2017. As artificial intelligence continues to disrupt multiple industries -- I think 2018 is going to be transformative.


Machine learning set to jump-start growth

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Deloitte Global forecasts major strides in machine learning for the enterprise, a worldwide appetite for digital subscriptions among consumers, and ongoing smartphone dominance – along with eight additional predictions.Among the findings of the 17th edition of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions are indications that business organisations will double their use of machine learning technology by the end of 2018. TMT Predictions highlights five key areas that Deloitte Global believes will unlock more intensive use of machine learning in the enterprise by making it easier, cheaper and faster. The most important key area is the growth in new semiconductor chips that will increase the use of machine learning, enabling applications to use less power, and at the same time become more responsive, flexible and capable. "We have reached the tipping point where adoption of machine learning in the enterprise is poised to accelerate," says Mark Casey, Deloitte global media & entertainment & TMT Africa leader. TMT Predictions includes a number of consumer forecasts as well.


'We're Going to Get Better at This.' Samsung Is Still Betting Big on the Smart Home

TIME

Silicon Valley tech giants and startups alike have for years been trying to drum up excitement around Internet-connected home appliances. But despite the push from companies like Samsung, Google and Apple, consumer adoption has been slow. Only 7% of households in the Americas were estimated to have connected home tech by the end of 2017, according to research from IHS Markit. Shoppers have had good reasons to avoid smart home gadgets. They're usually more expensive than their "dumb" counterparts, they can be complicated to set up and use, and the true utility they offer can be unclear.


Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle

Daily Mail

Amazon has launched its AI-powered checkout-free supermarket today after more than a year of testing. The'Amazon Go' supermarket has no checkouts and instead works by tracking what users buy with AI-powered cameras and weight sensors. The grocery store on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. The'Amazon Go' shop has no checkouts and instead works by tracking what users buy with AI-powered cameras To start shopping, customers must scan an Amazon Go smartphone app and pass through a gated turnstile. Ready-to-eat lunch items greet shoppers when they enter.


Here's why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word

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There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated "smarts" in the form of streaming apps for video, "smart speakers" will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice's beck and call. At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a mixture of both. From the JBL Link View to the Polk Command Bar to Klipsch's The One, most audio brands had at least one speaker on display. And the list is only going to grow, and move far beyond traditional audio brands.


Apple HomePod: Late, and pricey, but this smart speaker could still have one advantage over its rivals

ZDNet

Four ways to explore the use of voice technology for your business. Apple's HomePod smart speaker could be on sale in the next few weeks, with reports that the first shipments have finally left the factories. HomePod was supposed to be on sale in December for that all-important holiday shopping season, but Apple delayed it at the last minute saying it needed " a little more time before it's ready". But it's likely to arrive soon -- in the US, UK, and Australia, at least. That means the HomePod will finally go on sale more than three years after Amazon launched the Echo smart speaker, which kickstarted the market and still dominates it, and more than a year behind Google Home.


Amazon's cashier-less Seattle grocery store is opening to the public

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In the shadow of Amazon's offices in downtown Seattle, people enter a tiny grocery store, take whatever they want, and then walk out. And nobody runs after them screaming. This is what it's like to shop at Amazon Go, the online retail giant's vision for the future of brick-and-mortar stores. There are no checkout clerks, or even checkout stands. Instead, a smartphone app, hundreds of regular and infrared cameras on the ceiling (black on black, so they blend in), computer-vision algorithms, and machine learning work together to figure out what you're picking up and charge you for it on a credit card connected to your Amazon account.


4 Predictions for the Future of Travel tech in 2018 and Beyond Access AI

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IBM was one of the first to bring voice search assistants into the travel experience with the launch of their Watson-enabled robot concierge, "Connie" in Hilton Hotels in 2016, but leaps in technology will see more and more travel apps and hardware integrating voice and natural language search into their user interfaces in 2018, sparked by the mainstream success of the Amazon Alexa. Consumers will be able to talk to their digital assistant, whether through their smartphone, Alexa or other device to check flight details, search for a hotel or book tickets immediately. The difference in adoption of voice search across different parts of the world is significant. Travelport's recent Digital Traveller research showed that while just 33% of consumers in the UK had used voice Search, 72% in China had. But in the US, the number of smartphone owners using voice assistants has doubled to more 60% in just 2 years.