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Ford and Walmart will deliver your groceries from these self-driving cars

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Walmart has partnered with carmaker Ford and autonomous vehicle platform company Argo AI to launch the new service. Retail giant Walmart is bringing driverless delivery services to new cities across the US. In Miami, Austin and Washington DC, residents can soon expect to see autonomous cars driving themselves directly to customers' houses, filled with pre-ordered Walmart groceries. The retailer has partnered with carmaker Ford and autonomous vehicle platform company Argo AI to launch the new service. Ford's self-driving test vehicles, equipped with Argo AI's self-driving system, will be delivering Walmart orders to customers.


The Future of Enterprise Billing

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The connectivity benefits of 5G are expected to make businesses more competitive and give consumers access to more information faster than ever before. Connected cars, smart communities, industrial IoT, healthcare, immersive education--they all will rely on unprecedented opportunities that 5G technology will create. The enterprise market opportunity is driving many telecoms operators' strategies for, and investments in, 5G. Companies are accelerating investment in core and emerging technologies such as cloud, internet of things, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. IoT (Internet of Things), as an example, improving connectivity and data sharing between devices, enabling biometric based transactions; with blockchain, enabling use cases, trade transactions, remittances, payments and investments; and with deep learning and artificial intelligence, utilization of advanced algorithms for high personalization.


Global Big Data Conference

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During a virtual keynote at Google I/O 2021, Google's developer conference, Google Cloud has launched Vertex AI, a fully managed cloud platform that simplifies the deployment and maintenance of machine learning models. It's designed to help companies to accelerate the deployment and maintenance of AI models, Google says, by requiring nearly 80% fewer lines of code to train a model versus competitive platforms. Vertex offers access to the MLOps toolkit internally at Google for computer vision, language, conversation, and structured data workloads. MLOps, a compound of machine learning and information technology operations, is a newer discipline involving collaboration between data scientists and IT professionals to productize machine learning algorithms. "Data scientists have a big challenge about manually piecing ML point solutions, creating a lag time in model development and experimentation, resulting in very few models making it into production. To tackle these challenges, Vertex AI brings together the Google Cloud services for building ML under one unified UI and API, to simplify the process of building, training, and deploying machine learning models at scale" Craig Wiley, the director of product management for Google Cloud's AI Platform states.


Google Cloud Launches Vertex AI, A Machine Learning Platform

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During a virtual keynote at Google I/O 2021, Google's developer conference, Google Cloud has launched Vertex AI, a fully managed cloud platform that simplifies the deployment and maintenance of machine learning models. It's designed to help companies to accelerate the deployment and maintenance of AI models, Google says, by requiring nearly 80% fewer lines of code to train a model versus competitive platforms. Vertex offers access to the MLOps toolkit internally at Google for computer vision, language, conversation, and structured data workloads. MLOps, a compound of machine learning and information technology operations, is a newer discipline involving collaboration between data scientists and IT professionals to productize machine learning algorithms. "Data scientists have a big challenge about manually piecing ML point solutions, creating a lag time in model development and experimentation, resulting in very few models making it into production. To tackle these challenges, Vertex AI brings together the Google Cloud services for building ML under one unified UI and API, to simplify the process of building, training, and deploying machine learning models at scale" Craig Wiley, the director of product management for Google Cloud's AI Platform states.


Samsung to use Manna drone service for delivery drop-offs in Ireland

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Samsung Electronics has partnered with drone company Manna to facilitate a contactless delivery service for its Irish customers. Samsung customers who purchase from the latest range of Galaxy devices -- including the S21 Ultra, the Galaxy Buds Pro, the Galaxy Tab S7, the Galaxy Watch 3, and its recently launched Galaxy A Series -- via the company's online store in Ireland will have their order delivered using a Manna drone under the new service. The service, a first for Samsung globally, will initially be available to customers in Oranmore, Samsung said, noting there are plans to expand the service nationwide "in the future". Samsung Ireland head of online Eamonn Grant touted the use of these drones, which travel at speeds of over 60kph and at altitudes of 50-80 metres, would enable deliveries to be made to homes in Oranmore within 3 minutes of leaving the dispatch centre. "Superior customer experience is at the heart of what we do and with this new service we are embracing what we believe will be the future of retail. In the current environment, there is no better time to provide a contactless alternative to'click and collect' and we are really thrilled to be partnering Manna to achieve this," he said.


Amazon launches new service that lets auto, device makers build customized voice assistants

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Amazon is rolling out a new service that gives companies access to Alexa's AI smarts to build their own voice assistants. Amazon said the Alexa Custom Assistant lets automakers and device manufacturers create voice assistants that are built on Alexa technology and work in cooperation with Alexa. The company said this is the first time it's offering this type of access to its voice AI technology. Automaker Fiat Chrysler is the first to integrate Alexa Custom Assistant into its vehicles. Among the key features of the service, Amazon is highlighting what it calls an industry-first capability of simultaneous multi-assistant cooperation.


Google debuts new AI features and tools to advance MLOps - SiliconANGLE

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Google LLC announced today a raft of artificial intelligence-related updates as part of Google Cloud Next: OnAir, a nine-week series of livestream events that runs through Sept. 15. The focus of today's updates is all about machine learning and, in particular, the emerging MLOps discipline that's aimed at putting machine learning workflows into operation by fostering more collaboration and better communication between data scientists and developers. Google's AI Platform is a suite of tools that's meant to enable MLOps. It enables machine learning developers, data scientists and data engineers to take their ideas around ML and develop these into actual projects that can be deployed in production quickly and without excessive costs. The AI Platform is centered on Kubeflow, which is an open-source platform developed by Google that enables developers to build portable ML pipelines that can run on-premises or in Google's Cloud.


New services from SAS aim to help brands adapt to marketing disruption

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SAS is aligning new service offerings and solution updates to assist marketers with'reimagining the customer experience' as consumer behaviour changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The offerings and updates span areas such as digital insights, customer insights, attribution services, and unified marketing intelligence. "In 2020 the world has shifted in ways that won't be clear for months or even years, and with it so have customer expectations," says IDC customer experience strategy program vice president Alan Webber. "The new normal requires organisations to deliver even more targeted customer experiences, enhanced multi-channel journeys, and overall heightened satisfaction. "New technologies and service offerings will help brands deploy new approaches to data gathering, decisioning, and delivery to create personalised, contextualised, dynamic end-to-end experiences for individual customers.


Unleash your AI with APIs - Artificial Intelligence & API Connection

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Industries are focusing more on choosing Artificial Intelligence thanks in part to its exponential benefits. With expectations on the return of new products, a significant competitive advantage, or increased customer segmentation and proximity, it's no wonder AI is exploding, and so too is its wingman, APIs. Artificial Intelligence and your APIs may be living separate lives. It's extremely common for AI to be the focus of a given group, but often the charter is to explore business problems in a mostly non-real time situation in a lab. For insights from AI to be realized, however, they require action and that's where APIs come in.


AWS details steps to digital transformation, highlights machine learning

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LAS VEGAS – Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief executive officer Andy Jassy highlighted 27 new services during his keynote at the company's eighth annual re:Invent learning and education conference and urged customers not to procrastinate in starting their digital transformations. He told the 65,000 attendees that not all of the key components in the process are technology elements. First, he said, the senior leadership team needs to be aligned behind the effort. Without that, it's easy for dissenters to block the initiatives. Second, set top-down aggressive goals.