T-Factory Is a Store Without Staff Selling Smartphones Using Facial Recognition (PCMAG)
‘In South Korea a new store is opening that goes a step further and has no staff at all and never closes. The new store is called T Factory and it has been created by telecomms company SK Telecom (SKT). The stand out feature of the store right now is the fact it’s open 24 hours a day, but doesn’t have any staff.
Instead, SKT is relying on facial recognition to know who is in the store. Customers register before visiting and can then self check-in on arrival using their face. Once inside, they can purchase a range of devices from companies including Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung. Customers will able to “compare smartphones, receive AI-based consulting on price plans, purchase a smartphone & accessories, sign-up for service and sell used phones.”
But the store promises much more, including augmented reality experiences, virtual reality, and games’.
Matthew Humphries via pcmag.com
‘Augmented creativity’: How AI can accelerate human invention (VentureBeat)
‘What we’re witnessing is the emergence of something called “augmented creativity,” in which humans use AI to help them understand the deluge of data. Early prototypes highlight the important role humans can, and should, play in making sense of the suggestions proposed by the AI.’
Kamilė Jokubaitė and Adi Gaskell via venturebeat.com
The Guardian view on DeepMind’s brain: the shape of things to come | Editorial (the Guardian)
‘Has one of the most important questions of science now been answered? From the headlines you might think so. For some biology’s “holy grail” had been found. For others planetary extinction could be averted. On the surface the news seemed rather mundane. Google’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind won an international competition that asked entrants to predict how proteins fold in three dimensions given only the sequences of their chemical links, or amino acids.’
a Science Editorial via theguardian.com