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Ocado is using an army of 2,000 robots in its East London fulfilment centre

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It may look like a nightmare sequence from a science fiction film, but a network of fast-working robots is now hard at work in East London. British grocery giant Ocado is using an army of robots at its 563,000 square foot warehouse in Erith next to the Thames to gather up items for customer orders. More than 2,000 robots are working there non-stop for 20 hours a day, each picking up to 2 million food items in a shift – far beyond the capability of a human worker. The eight-wheeled robots scoot around a giant grid-like structure called the'Hive', so-called for its honeycomb-like holes that contain inventory. Powered by an algorithm, the robots pick up crates of items to take to a human to put into shopping bags for delivery.


Australian Pharmaceutical Industries turns to Google Cloud to modernise its data platform

ZDNet

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) has announced it is turning to Google Cloud as part of plans to leverage data, machine learning, and AI to personalise the customer journey. API is the parent company behind retailers such as Priceline Pharmacy and Soul Pattison Chemist, and an AU$3.5 billion wholesale pharmaceutical business. Speaking with ZDNet, API CTO Dean Matthews explained the priority for the work with Google Cloud, which kicked off six months ago, would be to deliver a more tailored retail experience for its 7.5 million Priceline Pharmacy Sister Club loyalty members based on their shopping preferences and purchase history. "The Sister Club, for us, is pretty much a crown jewel," Matthews said. "We've been investing in it very heavily, building out the platform from the bottom up, cleaning the data … and this is a culmination of all that strategy. Now, we're in a position to do some very high-quality customer analytics using things like recommendation AI, conversation AI, propensity to buy models, machine learning models, and that's where Google comes in."


Bringing out the genius in your child

National Geographic

By the time Aelita Andre turned three, she had more art-world accolades than many professional artists. She started painting at nine months old, and galleries were showing her work when she was just two. Now 14 years old, the Australian abstract artist is still going strong; she just closed her most recent solo show in South Korea this month. Most children are innately creative and curious. But some are obsessively so and as adults end up transforming their field--or the world.


AI isn't magic

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When it comes to artificial intelligence healthcare solutions, it's important to manage expectations for consumers and users. "The first thing that's important to realise is that AI isn't magic," said David Champeaux, chief growth officer, Cherish Health, during a panel at the HIMSS & Health 2.0 Europe Digital Conference. Though AI can improve people's lives, said Champeaux, developers and stakeholders shouldn't overstate its capabilities. The panel, 'AI Solutions for Consumers', was moderated by Orcha cofounder Tim Andrews and featured Medical Realities cofounder and Chief Medical Officer Prof Shafi Ahmed, ResApp Health CEO Tony Keating, Skinvision business development director Gavin Matthews, and IESO Digital Health Chief AI Officer Valentin Tablan. Champeaux noted that AI tools can, and should, be designed in ways to augment or facilitate an existing routine. To that end, he stressed that tools should be designed to fit the life of a user, not the other way around.


Why do you feel lonely? Neuroscience is starting to find answers.

MIT Technology Review

Long before the world had ever heard of covid-19, Kay Tye set out to answer a question that has taken on new resonance in the age of social distancing: When people feel lonely, do they crave social interactions in the same way a hungry person craves food? And could she and her colleagues detect and measure this "hunger" in the neural circuits of the brain? "Loneliness is a universal thing. If I were to ask people on the street, 'Do you know what it means to be lonely?' probably 99 or 100% of people would say yes," explains Tye, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute of Biological Sciences. "It seems reasonable to argue that it should be a concept in neuroscience. It's just that nobody ever found a way to test it and localize it to specific cells. That's what we are trying to do."


AI Needs To Learn Multi-Intent For Computers To Show Empathy

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is smart, but it could do better. The software development industry is constantly working to push algorithmic logic beyond the scope of the current computer processing envelope and create new ways for computers to'think' and emulate human beings. We have of course progressed significantly onward from the fanciful notions of AI that were characterized in the Sci-Fi movies of the 1980s. Largely as result of access to massively more powerful processors and massively larger (and eminently accessible) datasets as a result of cloud computing and modern approaches to database management, we can create an impressive amount of smartness in the AI that we now develop. But AI needs to get smarter. The industry knows that AI needs to become broader, more intuitive, more abstract, more empathetic and more capable of handling the nuances of human reasoning and deduction.


AI Needs To Learn Multi-Intent For Computers To Show Empathy

#artificialintelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is smart, but it could do better. The software development industry is constantly working to push algorithmic logic beyond the scope of the current computer processing envelope and create new ways for computers to'think' and emulate human beings. We have of course progressed significantly onward from the fanciful notions of AI that were characterized in the Sci-Fi movies of the 1980s. Largely as result of access to massively more powerful processors and massively larger (and eminently accessible) datasets -- and as a result of cloud computing and modern approaches to database management, we can now create an impressive amount of smartness in the AI that we now develop. But AI needs to get smarter.


5 Healthcare Tech Trends to Watch in 2020

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From real-time diagnoses aided by machine learning to wearable devices that track and transmit patient data from a distance, a host of new and evolving technologies are poised to influence care delivery in 2020. As intuitive tools intended to maintain good health, not to react to an existing illness, these investments are designed to reduce hospitalizations and related costs. "We're seeing a shift away from using technology to advance specialty care and high-tech medicine and a shift toward using technology to enable prevention and primary care," Dr. Felix Matthews, a managing director and physician leader at Deloitte, tells HealthTech. The continuing challenge for hospitals, he adds, is finding the right tools and level of investment to tackle risks and reach enough patients to justify the effort. Once the domain of early adopters, wearables are poised to help healthcare professionals collect a wealth of data from a widening and more diverse pool of users.


Deutsche Bank says robots are already replacing workers as it ramps up a plan to axe 18,000 jobs Markets Insider

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Deutsche Bank is using robots to replace some of the 18,000 staff it plans to cut, according to Financial News. Mark Matthews, head of operations for Deutsche's corporate and investment bank, told Financial News that machine learning algorithms "massively increased productivity" and "redistribute capacity." The London-based news organization said that Deutsche is pushing to "automate large parts of its back-office" via a new strategy called "Operations 4.0," as part of its $6.6 billion savings initiative over the next three years. Deutsche Bank is having a torrid year. In July, it announced that it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next three years as well as dropping its equity sales and trading unit.


How Ocado Is Using Machine Learning To Reduce Food Waste And Feed The Hungry

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Globally, food waste is a massive problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year. That's believed to be enough to feed the world's 815 million hungry people, four times over. But thanks to advancements in technology, this problem could one day be eradicated. Grocery technology pioneer Ocado, for example, has been able to slash food wastage rates to just 1 in 6,000 items by using data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage its produce.