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Over 60% of companies are just scratching the surface of AI

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In Spain, the Madrid Metro uses AI to monitor its network and reduce energy consumption by 25%. In the U.S., a beverage company uses AI to drive sales by analyzing retailers and markets. In Europe, an energy company trains its engineers and managers in a digital twin factory powered by AI. In the Middle East, a telco's AI-powered virtual assistant speaks to 1.65 million customers every month in different Arab dialects and English. Undoubtedly, AI is in full adoption around the world, with all industries recognizing it as the next big thing in tech.


La veille de la cybersécurité

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Today there are more incredible uses for robots than ever before. Innovators and inventors worldwide are applying countless types of robots to fascinating tasks. You may have heard of mechanized surgeons and AI cars, but have you heard of these six exciting uses? More eateries, especially fast-food businesses, are facing difficulties with staffing today. Developers have devised innovative solutions and unique new types of robotics.


Blending cheese and A.I. to make cheap pizza pie: That's a robot

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In an office park in Hawthorne, a robot built by rocket scientists is making pizza. On a conveyor belt, a nozzle spits out sauce, dispensers shake cheese and toppings on top, then a robotic lift carries the raw pie to one of four 900-degree deck ovens. Cameras and sensors track the progress from step to step, making tiny adjustments along the way. In 45 seconds, a finished pizza pops out. It costs just $7 to order (or as much as $10, depending on toppings).


6 of the Most Interesting Uses for Robots You Might Not Know - Innovation & Tech Today

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Today there are more incredible uses for robots than ever before. Innovators and inventors worldwide are applying countless types of robots to fascinating tasks. You may have heard of mechanized surgeons and AI cars, but have you heard of these six exciting uses? More eateries, especially fast-food businesses, are facing difficulties with staffing today. Developers have devised innovative solutions and unique new types of robotics.


Chick-fil-A is quietly making a huge customer service change (cyclists may hate it)

ZDNet

It's always good to have a sense of wonder. I wonder, though, what's really going to happen to Chick-fil-A. Please, I feel sure that this saintly chicken chain will continue to wrap itself around American tongues for many years to come. It's inevitable, though, that it'll embrace steps with which not everyone will find comfort. Recently, I mused at how Chick-fil-A was entering the metaverse and wondered whether this was a sly ploy to finally make money on Sundays.


Voice Ordering AI Retains Restaurant Customers

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Since the start of the pandemic, many restaurants have seen great success taking their menus online, offering off-premise ordering via digital platforms. In a challenging labor market, these ordering channels provide a more efficient option for restaurants, enabling consumers to act as their own order taker. Yet, for all brands' efforts to incentivize adoption by making these channels as convenient and intuitive as possible, many consumers still prefer to call their order in via phone, the old-fashioned way. The ongoing popularity of phone ordering poses challenges for restaurants at a time when there is not always time to answer all the calls coming in. Victor Matchie, owner of Aloha, Oregon-based sandwich chain Monkey's Subs, spoke with PYMNTS about how the company's conversational artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant, from speech recognition company SoundHound, enables the restaurant to meet this demand without the bottlenecks that can otherwise result from call-in orders at peak times.


The Accuracy of Airfare Predictions Is Up in the Air

WIRED

Flying has always been a pain: the endless security lines, the hip-checking other passengers to make sure there's overhead room for your rolly bag, the squeezing into a seat, the ear-popping, the spotty internet, the boredom. But these days, the irritation begins much earlier, when passengers start to look for tickets. The average round-trip ticket price in the US was $408 this week, up $100 from the same time in 2019, according to the airfare sales app Hopper. Part of that is pent-up demand from people sick of their homes after a still-not-over pandemic. Another is high fuel prices, spurred upward by the war in Ukraine.


IBM rolls out more AI drive-thru McDonald's chatbots

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IBM says it is rolling out its natural language processing software to a greater number of McDonalds' drive-thrus months after buying the automated order technology unit from the fast food chain, along with the team that developed it. IBM already added extra NLP features to its Watson Discovery enterprise AI service last year, and now the burger-flinger's AI chatbot will feel the benefit, it said. In October last year, Big Blue wolfed down the McD Tech Labs, which was itself created after McDonald's bought and renamed AI voice recognition startup Apprente in 2019. Automated ordering had been piloted at 10 Mcshacks in Chicago in June 2021, with humans reportedly not required to intervene in circa four out of every five orders made with the AI drive-thru bots. Talking at JP Morgan's 50th Annual Global Technology, Media and Communications conference, Rob Thomas, senior veep of Global Markets at IBM, said Big Blue was "taking on a business that they'd [McDonalds] kind of struggled with around ordering."


The 37 Best Memorial Day Deals on Tech, Gaming, Home, and More

WIRED

Memorial Day is a major shopping holiday in the US, but nobody wants to spend their long weekend scrolling through marketing emails. Let us save you the trouble. We scoured the web to find actual deals on the gear WIRED reviewers recommend. Below, you'll find great sales on everything from video games to furniture. Don't forget to check back, as we'll be updating this story throughout the weekend. Be sure to check out our other Memorial Day deals coverage, including the Best Memorial Day Mattress Deals, Best Memorial Day Outdoors Deals, Best Masturbation May Sex Tech Deals, and Best REI Anniversary Sale Deals for more. Updated on May 29, 2022: We've added new deals on the iRobot Roomba j7, RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer, and Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer.


Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Communications of the ACM

U..S. employment statistics hit a new milestone last year, but not a positive one. In August 2021, almost 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the highest number since the department began tracking voluntary resignations. Their reasons for leaving their jobs vary--the numbers track people who quit for a different position, as well as those who quit without having another job lined up. While the reasons for quitting vary, one thing is clear: Businesses are having a tough time getting employees to come back.