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Microsoft and Kroger to create data-driven connected grocery stores

January 17th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  Microsoft and Kroger are taking a leaf out of Amazon’s book by building futuristic “connected” grocery stores. As part of a pilot project, Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, and Microsoft have transformed two retail stores, one near each of their respective headquarters — in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington — […]



How fast is artificial intelligence growing? Look at the key bellwethers

December 23rd, 2018 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

AI & Big Data One can intuitively surmise artificial intelligence (AI) is today’s hot commodity, gaining traction in businesses, academia and government in recent years. Now, there is data — all in one place — that documents growth across many indicators, including startups, venture capital, job openings and academic programs. These bellwethers were captured in […]



AI can generate interactive virtual worlds based on simple videos

December 13th, 2018 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Nvidia’s new AI represents a major leap forward in graphics generation based on neural networks. Crafting an interactive virtual world of the kind found in many modern video games is a labor-intensive process that can require years of work, hundreds of people, and millions of dollars. Soon, some of that work may be done by […]



Chinese ‘Gait Recognition’ tech ID’s people by how they walk

November 21st, 2018 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

CHINESE ‘GAIT RECOGNITION’ TECH IDS PEOPLE BY HOW THEY WALK In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Huang Yongzhen, CEO of Watrix, demonstrates the use of his firm’s gait recognition software at his company’s offices in Beijing. A Chinese technology startup hopes to begin selling software that recognizes people by their body shape and how they […]



Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world

October 17th, 2018 at 2:07 am » Comments Off

It’s the era of internet advertising. The era of targeting that tracks you across browsers, platforms and across the city. The era of apps that know what you want before you do. But surprisingly, a seemingly retro ad format — outdoor advertising — is also having its heyday.



No cash needed at this cafe. Students pay the tab with their personal data

October 14th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

At Shiru Cafe in Providence, R.I., students “pay” for coffee, but not with money. Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no […]



Umbra Composit could scan the world in 3D to the detail of a single grain of sand

October 14th, 2018 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

Umbra shows a scan of Helsinki. Last year, Umbra unveiled a tool called The Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. Now, the Helsinki, Finland-based company is showing how it can create a huge web-based virtual model of a city that can put […]



Move over, China: U.S. is again home to the world’s speediest supercomputer

June 11th, 2018 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is made up of rows of black refrigerator-size units that weigh a total of 340 tons. The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer. For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show […]



This is America’s hottest job

May 19th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Uber, Airbnb managers say ‘I’m hiring’ on LinkedIn profiles. Job postings up 75 percent in past three years on Indeed.com. Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master’s degree in […]



China’s “social credit system” will rate how valuable you are as a human

December 3rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm » Comments Off

A Citizen Score in China In a contentious world first, China plans to implement a social credit system (officially referred to as a Social Credit Score or SCS) by 2020. The idea first appeared in a document from the State Council of China published in June 2014. It is a technological advancement so shocking to […]



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