‘A burger, a coffee, whatever’: Food-delivery robots may soon roll up to Purdue’s campus

  • “A board in West Lafayette, Indiana, has unanimously approved a pilot program bringing robotic delivery services to Purdue University
  • ‘That could be a burger, a coffee, whatever the case may be,’ Wynkoop said. ‘We’ve spoken with other university’s dining programs and public safety offices and they have had no problems. This is just another option of a service.'”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/2078984001


Purdue ranks fourth best in the nation for Best Value institutions in the United States, based on a survey released Wednesday (Sept. 5) by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q3/purdue-ranks-no.-4-best-value-school-in-nation-in-wsjtimes-higher-ed-ranking.html

Robo advice will be ubiquitous

“Consumers are being inundated with product and service pitches from established financial companies and startups, and choosing the best ones is becoming ever more difficult.

Increasingly, advice is seen as the feature that can set one offering apart from another. However, tailoring every offering on an individual level poses major challenges. As a result, banks and fintechs see a solution in robo advice, which sprouted in wealth management and has since spread to insurance and now banking.

For instance, Bank of America, which rolled out a self-directed investment platform called Merrill Edge Guided Investing a year ago, has added automated research to the software. It has also expanded the network of human financial advisers who support clients of its Merrill Edge program, a mashup of robo-advisory and human help. On the robo side, Stock Story provides data and digests of investment analyst reports to help clients research individual companies.

U.S. Bancorp’s investment arm partnered in July with FutureAdvisor, an investment advisory firm owned by BlackRock, to develop a robo advice product called Automated Investor. Citizens Bank, meanwhile, is in an active development relationship with the fintech SigFig to develop new automated advice tools for banks.

Personal finance management apps provide data for consumers to ingest. But successfully adding automated advice capabilities through a combination of AI-powered tools and data analysis, with some human support, too, could offer an edge among rivals. Which customer would turn down a helpful suggestion on how to curb spending or save up for a short-term goal?

Expect to see greater collaboration between banks and firms that provide automated advisory services, and the addition of some level of advice support to nearly every bank offering from savings accounts to lending.”

https://www.americanbanker.com/list/10-ways-technology-will-change-banking-in-2019

Can you believe this product launched at CES without AI?

Wait…was there a product announced at CES without AI? If so, I haven’t run across it. In fact, here are just a few of the announcements including an AI powered …toothbrush ???


Artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles in focus at Consumer Electronics Show


Procter & Gamble shows off surprisingly cool tech in ordinary products

Oral-B Genius X with artificial intelligence is a toothbrush that combines the knowledge of thousands of human brushing behaviors to assess individual brushing styles and coach users to achieve better brushing habits. The AI technology tracks where people are brushing in their mouth and offers personalized feedback on the areas that require additional attention.


At CES, robotics delivers AI into every corner of our lives

Personalized guardian robots: Samsung launched squad of AI-equipped robots attuned to guarding their users’ health and air quality, as well as a robotic exoskeleton for amplifying the muscular strength of athletes and others while protecting them from strains, fractures and other risks of overexertion. Helite launched B’Safe and Hip’Safe, which are sensor-equipped wearable robotic airbags designed to protect motorcyclists and the elderly from sudden falls. These airbags have the smarts to know when to inflate (such as in an actual fall) and when not (such as when the user simply steps on a bump or other uneven surface).


The next big thing in PCs might be artificial intelligence, and now Lenovo has an AI laptop

The computer will automatically lock itself when you leave your desk, a feature that can come in handy if you’re working in a public place. It’ll also notify you if anyone is lurking behind you. The camera will track your movement when using an external display, and automatically shift your open windows to the connected screen.


TCL Wants to Use AI Object Recognition to Optimize Your TV’s Color Reproduction

TCL is giving the label “smart TV” a whole new meaning at CES: The Chinese consumer electronics company showed off a TV set that analyzes the visual content of a video, and then changes color tones accordingly.


A music-blasting, Alexa-enabled toilet

If you thought adding a bidet to your current commode was the pinnacle of bathroom luxury, Kohler’s here to help you elevate your standards. The Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet is a $7,000 commode that goes all-in on the smart home concept. It bundles Amazon Alexa functionality, integrated Bluetooth speakers, ambient lighting and a hands-free open/close lid. It also has a remote if you don’t want to talk to your toilet in the middle of the night. If you’re wondering about the Numi 2.0’s primary functionality, it boasts heated seats, a warm air dryer, a stainless steel wand and adjustable water temperature.

From $100 million in 2009 to 250 times that in 2017, $25 billion

The global retail market is adjusting to China’s rising economic power, and Chinese customers’ desire for AI-enhanced mobile shopping experiences. Singles Day’s spread across the world suggests a new chapter of computer-enhanced shopping experiences is beginning.

Alibaba, the giant Chinese e-retailer that promoted the day as an opportunity – or excuse – for single people to treat themselves with new purchases, has seen its revenues on Nov. 11 grow from US$100 million in 2009 to 250 times that in 2017, $25 billion. And that was only two-thirds of total online sales that day.

Singles Day dwarfs the three other largest online retail mega-events. In 2017, Thanksgiving weekend online sales – including Black Friday and Cyber Monday– totaled $7.3 billion. The third, Amazon’s Prime Day, in 2017 took in $100 million an hour – but Alibaba raked in 10 times that amount on Singles Day that year.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/singles-day-shows-chinas-global-retail-power-103125