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We present an overview of the control, recognition, decision-making, and learning techniques utilized by the Interaction Lab ( at the University of Southern California (USC) to enable autonomy in sociable and socially assistive robots. These techniques are implemented with two software libraries: 1) the Social Behavior Library (SBL) provides autonomous social behavior controllers; and 2) the Social Interaction Manager (SIM) provides probabilistic models to recognize, reason over, and learn about human behavior. Both libraries are implemented in the Robot Operating System (ROS;

The Tim Ferriss Show: #541: Eric Schmidt -- The Promises and Perils of AI, the Future of Warfare, Profound Revolutions on the Horizon, and Exploring the Meaning of Life on Apple Podcasts


The Promises and Perils of AI, the Future of Warfare, Profound Revolutions on the Horizon, and Exploring the Meaning of Life Brought to you by ShipStation shipping software, ButcherBox premium meats delivered to your door, and Pique Tea premium tea crystals (pu'er, etc.). Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) is a technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He joined Google in 2001, helping the company grow from a Silicon Valley startup to a global technological leader. He served as chief executive officer and chairman from 2001 to 2011 and as executive chairman and technical advisor thereafter. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a culture of innovation.

Artificial Intelligence in the Vineyard - Wine Industry Advisor


Adopting this new vineyard technology is critical to the California grape industry. Anything humans can observe with their eyes a computer can be taught to see as well. Growers scout their vineyards for pests, disease, water stress, vigor, and more--soon this will all be achieved by computer vision: In the near future, vehicle-mounted camera systems will provide fast, efficient vineyard data and alert growers to problems that may require further human inspection and/or intervention. But vineyard scouting is just one area of viticulture that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will transform. Today, the term AI appears all over popular media.

With 45.70% CAGR, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food and Beverages Market Share Will Reach USD 29.45 Billion by 2026, Globally: Facts & Factors


New York, NY, Aug. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Facts and Factors have published a new research report titled "Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food and Beverages Market By Organization Size (Small, Medium & Large Enterprises), By Application (Food Sorting, Quality Control, and Safety Compliance, Consumer Engagement, Production and Packaging, Maintenance, and Other Applications), By End-Use Industry (Food Processing, Grocery, Hotels & Beverages Industry, and Others Region: Global & Regional Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecasts, 2021 – 2026". "According to the recent research report, the demand of global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Food and Beverages Market size & share expected to reach to USD 29.45 Billion by 2026 from USD 3.07 Billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.70% during the forecast period 2021 to 2026" Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the process of developing intelligent robots that act and react similarly to humans. The objective is to teach machines how to think intelligently in the same way humans do. Until recently, the machines did exactly what they were programmed to do. AI, on the other hand, will allow machines to think and behave in the same way that people do. In the food processing industry, artificial intelligence is being utilized to improve a variety of products, streamline operations, and improve the customer experience.

Brewery Uses AI And IoT Technology To Improve The Quality Of Beer


Artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) are becoming more prominent in the food and beverage industry. In a recent interview, Joe Vogelbacher, president and co-founder of Sugar Creek Brewing, shared how AI and IoT are helping his company. Founded in 2013, Sugar Creek Brewing crafts Belgian-inspired ales for North Carolina and beyond. The company is veteran-owned and a certified independent member of the Craft Brewers Association. It has integrated AI and IoT into its brewing process to improve manufacturing and the quality of its beer.

How Coke Bottlers Save Millions with AI


Retailers around the country rely on a network of nearly 70 independent Coca-Cola bottlers to manufacture and ship cases of liquid refreshments. It's a finely tuned supply chain, and it ultimately serves customers well. But getting a consolidated view into the millions of paper-based billing and shipping documents was a major headache for the network–that is, until an innovative use of computer vision and NLP technology helped digitize it. Starting around 2007, Coca-Cola North America worked to "refranchise" its bottling and shipping operations, which spans 51 production facilities, 350 distribution centers, and involves more than 55,000 employees. The company says the goal of this refranchising effort is to "bring the heart of Coca-Cola back to the local bottler," which in some cases are multi-generational companies more than 100 year's old. A key player in all this is the Coca-Cola Bottler's Sales and Services Company.

Bumble is opening a restaurant to help people date IRL again


With more and more people getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many single folks are ditching virtual dates for in-person ones. Those looking for love in New York City will soon have a new spot where they can meet up for dates, a café/restaurant/wine bar from dating app Bumble. Bumble Brew is scheduled to open for breakfast service on July 24th. Lunch and dinner service will start at the Nolita spot in the coming weeks. Along with an 80-seat dining room, there will be a cocktail bar, patio dining and private dining space.

Deep Semantic Segmentation at the Edge for Autonomous Navigation in Vineyard Rows Artificial Intelligence

Precision agriculture is a fast-growing field that aims at introducing affordable and effective automation into agricultural processes. Nowadays, algorithmic solutions for navigation in vineyards require expensive sensors and high computational workloads that preclude large-scale applicability of autonomous robotic platforms in real business case scenarios. From this perspective, our novel proposed control leverages the latest advancement in machine perception and edge AI techniques to achieve highly affordable and reliable navigation inside vineyard rows with low computational and power consumption. Indeed, using a custom-trained segmentation network and a low-range RGB-D camera, we are able to take advantage of the semantic information of the environment to produce smooth trajectories and stable control in different vineyards scenarios. Moreover, the segmentation maps generated by the control algorithm itself could be directly exploited as filters for a vegetative assessment of the crop status. Extensive experimentations and evaluations against real-world data and simulated environments demonstrated the effectiveness and intrinsic robustness of our methodology.

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Taste - Transforming Winemaking With Tastry


Up until recently, the methods wineries used to decide what to produce and what to sell have been almost entirely subjective. Without data, it was really hard to figure out how to make a great wine that would sell well in the market. But in an extremely competitive market, where many wineries only have one shot per season to make a great wine, more and more winemakers are looking for ways to predict what consumers will like, so they can create better products and increase their profits. Now Tastry, a sensory sciences company based in California, is using machine learning and advanced chemistry to teach artificial intelligence to "taste" – and that technology is shaking up the wine industry by providing valuable information to winemakers and retailers about the wines that customers enjoy. I interviewed Katerina Axelsson, Founder and CEO of Tastry, about how her company uses artificial intelligence to recommend wines to consumers and advise wineries about what products to make.

Nestle: Driving Innovation through AI and other Disruptive Tech


Nestle, a multi-conglomerate that has been leading the Food and Beverage industry for more than 150 years now, has made its mark in the digital space. The giant has been leveraging disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced data analytics, blockchain, augmented reality, and many more to enhance business prospects and provide a better customer experience. Nestle's digital transformation journey can be traced back to 2018. Recently, Nestle expanded its AI efforts by introducing a new tool known as'Cookie Coach'. Nestle USA launched this virtual bot to provide answers to queries regarding their Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe.