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Demand Forecasting For Retail: A Deep Dive

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I know for sure that human behavior could be predicted with data science and machine learning. Taking a look at human behavior from a sales data analysis perspective, we can get more valuable insights than from social surveys. In this article, I want to show how machine learning approaches can help with customer demand forecasting. Since I have experience in building forecasting models for retail field products, I'll use a retail business as an example. Moreover, considering uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I'll also describe how to enhance forecasting accuracy.


Facebook using artificial intelligence to forecast COVID-19 spread in every U.S. county

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State officials hope California's new 10 p.m. stay-at-home order will slow the spread of COVID-19, otherwise, another 10,000 San Diegans are projected to contract the virus in the next 10 days. That's according to a new county-by-county forecast from Facebook, which rolled out the prediction software last month. Facebook projects L.A. County will see the second-largest increase in cases in the country by November 30. San Diego County is projected to add the 15th most cases, reaching a total of 78,594 infections by Nov. 30. The two-week forecast was released before Governor Gavin Newsom announced enhanced restrictions.


Watch: Facial recognition at Dubai Metro stations to identify wanted criminals

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He said the technology will be rolled out in the coming months across all Metro stations in the emirate. Dubai Police's smart glasses called Rokid T1, and the smart helmets that were used during the COVID-19 pandemic to scan commuters' temperatures, will have more advanced technology in the future like facial recognition to identify wanted people. "Usually, it takes at least five hours to identify a suspect, but with facial recognition technology, it takes less than a minute."


Govzilla Announces New Customer Platform and Company Name Change to Redica Systems

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Govzilla, the regulatory and compliance platform that provides data and insights to quality and safety professionals in regulated industries globally, has announced that it is rolling out an entirely redesigned customer platform. The new Enforcement Analytics platform provides customers with more data, more powerful analytics and insights, and a significantly improved user experience. It builds on the company's legacy as the largest regulatory enforcement and inspection database in the world, vastly improving its artificial intelligence models and marking a significant shift in how companies approach compliance decision-making. The launch of the new platform coincides with the rollout of a new corporate brand and identity. The company will begin operating under the name Redica Systems, effective immediately.


Artificial Intelligence is now Capable of Designing Medical Websites

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Artificial intelligence (AI) coding can be used to improve medical websites in various ways, from custom personalised content presentations to the integration of unique medical AI features. These include medical appointment scheduling software, healthcare cost estimators, design medical website, prescribe medication, and answer questions. By developing more targeted and custom AI solutions, some artificial intelligence healthcare platforms aim to usher in the more widespread adoption of medical AI technologies, benefitting organisations, practices, clinicians, and patients alike. AI medical websites can use AI tools to present targeted information specific to the consumer. AI medical websites use IP addresses to locate the user and present information specific to physicians and practices local to their area.


This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

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In the intro to the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, a 3D printer churns out humanoid robots, delicately assembling the incredible complexities of the human form so that those robots can go on to--spoiler alert--do naughty things. It takes a lot of biomechanical coordination, after all, to murder a whole lot of flesh-and-blood people. Speaking of: Researchers just made a scientific leap toward making 3D-printed flesh and blood a reality. Writing recently in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, a team described how they repurposed a low-cost 3D printer into one capable of turning an MRI scan of a human heart into a deformable full-size analog you can actually hold in your hand. Squeeze it, and it'll give like the real thing.


Yardroid, a smart landscaping robot that can automate gardening work

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Gardening has some wonderful therapeutic and mental health benefits for many people, but there are still some garden-related jobs that are very troublesome. As a result, the Yardroid robot was designed to solve this problem. There are already quite a few serial models of robotic lawn mowers and separate robots for removing weeds from the lawn, but each of them performs only one specialized task; therefore, several devices are needed to automate the main work on garden maintenance. Whereas, Yardroid is a robot gardener with artificial intelligence, capable of trimming grass, watering lawns, and warning of the appearance of strangers. It rolls along on track and resembles a mini-tank. The front section carries the turret with a 1-liter water gun, camera, and LED gun light mounted in a fully stabilized gimbal.


DHL's Warehouse Management Business Makes It Easier to Onboard Robots

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It is one of several efforts in the industry to improve the usefulness of robots in warehouses, where they are increasingly common. The platform is currently online at one location near Madrid, where it has already reduced integration time for new robot systems by 60%, said Markus Voss, DHL Supply Chain's global chief information officer and chief operating officer. "We're at the beginning of the journey," Mr. Voss said. "We are implementing it as we speak at two additional sites, and we think it has applicability across all of our sites." The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team.


Future Trends in Digital Health

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Like so much of our lives, the future of healthcare is digital. Technological advances have given rise to tools that would usually be found in science fiction novels. Now they are helping to diagnose and treat a huge variety of illnesses and improve the quality of life for millions. Now more than ever we can see the huge advantages of embracing digital health in order to enable people to stay at home and still receive appropriate care for minor ailments and check-ups, or advice on their long-term conditions. In response to the global pandemic, hospitals and GP surgeries are embracing remote appointments and other digital measures to treat their patients and ensure they remain safe and well in their own homes.


Artificial intelligence: Cheat sheet

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Many business AI platforms offer training courses in the specifics of running their architecture and the programming languages needed to develop more AI tools. Businesses that are serious about AI should plan to either hire new employees or give existing ones the time and resources necessary to train in the skills needed to make AI projects succeed.