AI BRIEFS: October 2019


KFC Hints at AI, License Plate Recognition for Drive-thrus | THE SPOON | October 30, 2019 | by Jennifer Marston | ‘drive-thru technology could bump up check averages thanks to better personalization and suggestive selling — one of the key benefits McDonald’s has been touting with the Dynamic Yield AI technology it’s rolled out to thousands of drive-thrus of late.’

The end of humanity: will artificial intelligence free us, enslave us — or exterminate us? | October 27, 2019 | by Danny Fortson |‘From Russell’s vantage point, we have come to a crossroads. In one direction lies “a golden age of humanity” where we are freed from drudgery by machines. The other direction is, well, darker.’

Booksby.ai is a bookshop entirely created by artificial intelligence | NEW ATLAS | October 21, 2019 | ‘Every aspect of the site is generated by machine learning algorithms, from the entire books and accompanying cover artwork, to the reviews and pictures of people reviewing the books. And on top of that, all the books are actually available to buy on Amazon.’

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home | BBC NEWS | October 15, 2019 | by Leo Kelion | “Does the owner of a home need to disclose to a guest? I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.” – Rick Osterloh, Google

There’s An Art To Artificial Intelligence | FORBES | October 10, 2019 | by Joe McKendrick | ‘Previously, value creation was usually achieved through simple transactional processes with customers in traditional organizations. In the digital world, things are more multi-dimensional.’

A.I. musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry? | DIGITAL TRENDS | October 5, 2019 | By Luke Dormehl | ‘Auxuman dropped its debut album on September 27th. From here, it promises to bring out new A.I.-generated albums each month, uploaded to YouTube, Soundcloud, and assorted streaming platforms.’

Word games show AI’s limitations | AXIOS | October 5, 2019 | by Kaveh Waddell | ‘It’s one thing to play chess against a computer — you’ll lose — but it’s another entirely to play a collaborative word game. That stretches the limits of today’s AI.’

Tiny AI models could supercharge autocorrect and voice assistants on your phone | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | October 4, 2019 | by Karen Hao | ‘In addition to improving access to state-of-the-art AI, tiny models will help bring the latest AI advancements to consumer devices.’

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