AI sets a new battlefield for e-commerce players

  • “But AI is changing all of this, and adding tools which make the arsenal owned by e-commerce companies look archaic. Many malls in India and abroad are already adopting AI services which allow them to learn who the customer actually is.
  • The cameras installed in the malls are performing face recognition, and matching it back to the available database, where very rich and contextual information is stored about the customers.
  • Companies like Inkers are providing advanced retail analytics to offline retain chains which can tell retailers whether the customer walking in is a high-value customer or not, or whether he/she is walking in with the family, or the kind of stores visited prior to visiting their store, or even whether they came in a luxury car or simply walked in.
  • AI is bringing a new battlefield for the e-commerce players and AI analytics are helping offline retailers fight back.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/voices/ai-sets-a-new-battlefield-for-e-commerce-players/

Robots equipped with facial and voice recognition at MWC19

  • “Smart Service Robot from New Era AI Robotic is an Android device focused on customer service. It is designed to welcome and provide information to customers of commercial establishments like, shops or public administration offices.
  • Meanwhile, Robotelf Technologies is introducing the latest version of Robelf, a home security robot. Incorporating surveillance guards and voice, vision and position sensors, its facial recognition technology allows it to detect the presence of strangers inside the home. It can then provide status alerts in real-time to the home owner’s mobile phone.
  • Developed by Nuwa Robotics, Kebbi combines robotics and artificial intelligence. The maker claims its most significant characteristic is the ability to understand body language or teach English or other subjects like programming. The device is able to recognise the face and voice of each member of the family allowing it to receive orders.”

https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/robots-equipped-with-facial-and-voice-recognition-at-mwc19-3889

The hot new YI home camera with AI and face recognition

“Love the face recognition features on the Nest Cam IQ but don’t love the camera’s $300 price tag. You’re definitely not alone. Luckily there are some other options out there that are just as good for a fraction of the cost, and one is the YI Home Camera 3 1080P Wireless Security Surveillance System Smart IP Indoor House Cam. This great camera uses AI technology to identify faces, and you can create custom alerts based on whose face is recognized.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/bgr.com/2019/02/25/yi-home-camera-vs-nest-cam-iq-price/amp/

Facial Recognition, Robotic Process Automation Companies Among Most-Funded AI Startups

Artificial intelligence startups, especially facial recognition and robotic process automation companies, are attracting major investments, with one AI developer receiving total funding of $1.63 billion, according to a recently published research report.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facial-recognition-robotic-process-automation-companies-among-most-funded-ai-startups-11550138401

Android Q might include an equivalent to Apple’s Face ID

“To date, Android phone makers who’ve wanted to include face recognition have had to craft their own secure solutions or else use basic face detection that you can fool with a photo. Soon, however, it might be relatively commonplace. Sleuthers at XDA and 9to5Google have discovered code in an early Android Q version that hints at native support for hardware face recognition. It wouldn’t just be used for signing into your phone, either, as it could also authorize purchases and sign into apps. It would largely be a parallel to the Face ID system found in Apple’s more recent iPhones, just with more flexibility.”

https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/27/android-q-hardware-face-recognition/

A New York City lawmaker is taking on companies that mine your face -FastCompany

[Photo: Randallbritten/Wikimedia Commons]

  • “Amazon has lately courted controversy with its Rekognition service, a facial scanning software used by law enforcement agencies like ICE, as well as many of its other cloud customers. Facebook is well known for its facial recognition algorithm, allowing the company to identify users and target ads at them accordingly.
  • Last month, Microsoft’s president called for rules around face recognition, while Google said it would not yet sell facial recognition services for the time being, given the ongoing privacy and ethical concerns.
  • In March, the same month that the Times described MSG’s technology, the ACLU asked 20 of America’s top retailers if they used facial recognition on their customers.
  • All but two of the companies refused to confirm or deny. One company, Ahold Delhaize–a brand that owns supermarkets Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Giant, and Hannaford–responded they did not use face recognition, while the hardware company Lowes said it does use face recognition technology to identify shoplifters.
  • “Since there is no regulation, since there is not even the most basic standards of transparency, we don’t know how widespread the use of facial recognition technology is in New York City or elsewhere in the country–we just don’t know,” he says. ‘Businesses are under no obligation to report on the use of facial recognition technology. I think that is part of the purpose of the bill: to shed light on a world of biometric technology that has historically been hidden from public view.'”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90281673/nyc-face-recognition-law-ritchie-torres

Flyzoo Hotel – the world’s first future hotel open

“Flyzoo Hotel, which is Chinese ecommerce and media giant Alibaba Group’s first future hotel, opened today in Qinchengli, a shopping center owned by Alibaba, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

As the first hotel with a full panorama and large-scale use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the world, Flyzoo Hotel provides customers service through its intelligent experience and facilities.

“It is so convenient to live in the hotel. Most of the services, including checking in and out, can be done by the Flyzoo app. I could take an elevator, enter my room, dine and go to the gym by scanning my face without calling for a waiter,” he said.

Most of the hotel’s service staff are robots. Even the bartenders are robots. Each room has a butler called “Tmall Elf” in charge of controlling most everything in the room.”

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1132456.shtml