Fires during summer 2019–2020 decimated entire vineyards in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, but smoke, which was far more widespread and insidious, seeped into grapes and into fermenting barrels, yielding unpleasant, unsaleable product. Although the full extent of the damage caused has not yet been calculated, analysis from the Australian Wine Research Institute indicates that smoke taint alone costs the country's wine industry tens to hundreds of millions of dollars each time a high fire season occurs. Advances in a wide range of technologies could help growers and winemakers mitigate the negative impact of smoke taint and other unpredictable anomalies, such as frost, drought, pests and disease -- and not just in Australia, but around the world. The Vineyard of the Future, led by Associate Professor Sigfredo Fuentes, a plant physiologist at the University of Melbourne, is an international consortium of scientists conducting leading-edge research to amass high-resolution data from vine to glass and analyse it in meaningful ways. Drones, satellite imaging, video analysis, and plant and people sensors combined with artificial intelligence -- collectively called "digital agriculture" -- give producers and sellers of wine an advantage in an industry riddled with uncertainty.
Can an algorithm know more about you, your choices and intentions than you do yourself? It was only by the time he turned 21 that Yuval Noah Harari understood he was gay. When questioned about a new algorithm that can decipher whether someone is gay or straight, based on a few facial images, the celebrated thought leader acknowledges that increasingly algorithms know more about us than we ourselves can possibly do. Using his own example, he says hypothetically if an algorithm available with Coca Cola had deciphered that he was gay even before he knew it, they could have served up ads with photos of a shirtless man, while Pepsi (if unaware of his sexuality), may have sent him ads with women in bikinis. As a result, he would automatically veer towards Coke.
Bushfires in Australia are as commonplace as kangaroos and koalas. A hot, dry climate regularly sets the stage for conflagrations that endanger human lives, property, and wildlife and threaten one of the country's top economic industries: wine. Fires during summer 2019–2020 decimated entire vineyards in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, but smoke, which was far more widespread and insidious, seeped into grapes and into fermenting barrels, yielding unpleasant, unsaleable product. Although the full extent of the damage caused has not yet been calculated, analysis from the Australian Wine Research Institute indicates that smoke taint alone costs the country's wine industry tens to hundreds of millions of dollars each time a high fire season occurs. Advances in a wide range of technologies could help growers and winemakers mitigate the negative impact of smoke taint and other unpredictable anomalies, such as frost, drought, pests, and disease -- and not just in Australia, but around the world.
Artificial intelligence is helping companies identify new product opportunities and iterate quickly to get them closer to perfection in a number of different ways. What follows are some of the most exciting examples of how artificial intelligence is being used at different stages of the new product development process, and different approaches to deploying the technology. Jordi Torrent, Open Innovation Manager at Damm, a multi-national brewery based in Barcelona with activities in other sectors including logistics and distribution, shared how AI is being utilized in the beer industry. British start-up IntelligentX developed a line of beers using AI. They worked with the machine learning firm Intelligent Layer and the creative agency 10X.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A Minnesota beer brand is planning to reward one person's extremely questionable behavior with a ridiculous amount of free beer. Hamm's, which bills itself as "the beer … refreshing," has announced a contest to find the library-goer who hid several cans of Hamm's beer behind some paneling at a Washington state library some time in the 1980s. BUDWEISER WANTS TO BECOME UTAH'S STATE BEER News of the hidden stash recently made headlines after facilities workers at the Walla Walla Public Library discovered the beer -- which is estimated to be over 30 years old -- during a reorganizing of the facility.
Back in 2016, Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, who has been the CEO of an artificial intelligence (AI) company in France and has held other key positions in the telecommunications and financial investment world, decided to take the opportunity to buy the historic Napa Valley 26 acre Sullivan Rutherford Estate from the Sullivan family, the custodians of that piece of land for over 40 years. It would prove to be a good partnership in terms of handing over the estate to someone who not only wanted to bring this winery more to the forefront of the Napa fine wine world but that the history and legacy would be appreciated and built upon. The estate lies on land that has a deep and rich history which goes back almost two centuries to 1821 when Mexico took over ownership of Napa Valley from Spain. Mexico divided the Napa Valley into two parts: Rancho Carne Humana in the North and Rancho Caymus in the South. Sullivan Rutherford Estate director of winemaking, Jeff Cole, said that they are "essentially in the middle of the heart of Napa Valley vineyards" since the back of the border of their estate is along the Rancho Caymus line as it is right in the middle of where the property lines of Rancho Caymus and Rancho Carne Humana meet.
According to a Nielsen report, brick-and-mortar alcohol dollar sales were up 21% in April 2020 compared to the same period a year ago. Online alcohol sales skyrocketed by 234% over the same period in 2019. However, despite the increase, global sales are decreasing due to the shutdowns in restaurants, bars, live events and travel. Next Century Spirits is a liquor technology startup with $9.6 M in funding. The company uses big data and machine learning to create and filter bespoke distilled spirits.
In late 2017, AB InBev, the Belgian giant behind Budweiser and other beers, began adding a little artificial intelligence to its brewing recipe. Using data collected from a brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the company developed an AI algorithm to predict potential problems with the filtration process used to remove impurities from beer. Paul Silverman, who runs the New Jersey Beer Company, a small operation not far from the AB InBev brewery, says his team isn't even using computers, let alone AI. "We sit around tasting beer and thinking about what to make next," he says. The divide between the two breweries highlights the pace at which AI is being adopted by US companies. With so much hype around artificial intelligence, you might imagine that it's everywhere.