Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos

“Thanks to an outage currently affecting Facebook, users of the social network have been given a similar peek behind the digital curtain, with many images on the site now replaced with the tags they’ve been assigned by the company’s machine vision systems. So if you browse…you’ll be shown text saying things like ‘I’m age may contain: people smiling, people dancing, wedding and indoor'”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/7/3/20681231/facebook-outage-image-tags-captions-ai-machine-learning-revealed

Domino’s AI-powered pizza scanners make sure its pies are the real deal

  • “Domino’s has introduced a new feature it says will help bridge this gap, leveraging artificial intelligence as a form of quality control before its pizzas are sent on their way.
  • ‘It does this by capturing an image of the pizza and using artificial intelligence to compare this data with a large dataset of correct pizzas, making a quick assessment.'”

https://newatlas.com/dominos-pizza-scanner-ai/59882/


Domino’s Just Delegated Phone Orders to Its Resident Chatbot

  • Domino’s just officially unveiled a method that could leverage the accuracy you get with technology without forcing people to go full digital if they don’t want to.
  • Its (his?) name is DOM, and while this chatbot-like being has been accepting orders online since 2014, this is the first time the AI-powered voice-recognition system will also be taking telephone calls.
  • Meanwhile, Domino’s CEO and President, J. Patrick Doyle, noted (in the same press release) that the company’s goal is to “one day be 100% digital.”
  • Currently, 65 percent of its U.S. sales are digital, and Domino’s is continually testing new concepts and ideas

https://thespoon.tech/dominos-just-delegated-phone-orders-to-its-resident-chatbot/

Small Business: Artificial intelligence, computer vision set to ‘take over the world’ – Rush

“We think computer vision is going to eat the world. If you think about the human brain, AI is basically computers trying to mimic how the human brain works. Fifty per cent of what we do or think about or are emotive about is the brain reacting to what our eyes see. Cameras are everywhere, they’re getting cheaper and as computers get more and more powerful and more reliable, we think computer vision – the ability for computers to see and make sense of the world – is going to drive a generation that you and I can’t even comprehend.

Cameras have the ability to make life easier from an experience perspective. As a sub-set of AI, it is hugely powerful. If you think about what’s going on in China with state-sponsored computer vision, we want to use that force for good.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12210683

ViSenze raises $20 million to further develop its AI product comparison tools

Visenze received another $20M in funding. Here’s a “Crib Sheet” post that I wrote on them in 2017.

https://aiecommerce.com/2017/12/14/ai-ecommerce-crib-sheet-visenze/

Additionally, here are some key take-always from today’s news.

  • “Artificial intelligence (AI) in retail is having a moment. Spurred by growth in automated merchandising, recommendation engines, and customer behavior tracking, spend with respect to AI-driven commerce services is expected to top $8 billion by 2024, research firm Global Market Insights reports. And according to the McKinsey Global Institute, said services will impact between 3.2 percent to 5.7 percent of global retail revenue.
  • After three years of steady growth (200 percent) that saw the number of users conducting searches with its products exceed 300 million (and search volume surpass three million queries a day), ViSenze is raising venture capital
  • ViSenze — which was spun out from the National University of Singapore’s Next research center in 2012 — claims its infrastructure can index and process of “billions” of images, and generate search results in less than a second for newly uploaded product images (and less than 200 milliseconds for existing images).
  • That scalability — along with computer vision models trained continuously to improve recognition accuracy — are the reason its customers see 50 percent higher click-through rates and up to 5 times higher conversion rates, ViSenze contends.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/venturebeat.com/2019/02/19/visenze-raises-20-million-to-further-develop-its-ai-product-comparison-tools/amp/