But Go wasn’t the only game where we made significant progress. Libratus (Science paper), a system developed by researchers from CMU, managed to beat top Poker players in a 20-day Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournament. A little earlier, DeepStack, a system developed by researchers from Charles University, The Czech Technical University, and the University of Alberta, became the first to beat professional poker players. Note that both of these systems played Heads-up poker, which is played between two players and a significantly easier problem than playing at a table of multiple players. The latter will most likely see additional progress in 2018.
The Seattle shop, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what they put back. Cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous: customers are billed after leaving using a credit card on file.
Robotic farmers can literally reap what they sow
In a sleepy field in England, robots are tending crops without humans setting foot on the land. This proof-of-concept shows that with practice, robots will be able to take over for humans when it comes to the repetitive efforts of farm labor.
Robotic chefs are getting better—if you like fast food
Robots are increasingly able to substitute in for workers that perform simple repetitive tasks. This makes bots especially suited for jobs like flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant, or making drinks at a coffee shop.
In China, a store of the future—no checkout, no staff
Amazon is not the only player in the cashierless supermarket game. Moby Store, launched by the Stockholm-headquartered startup Wheelys, is a shop in China that operates without human interference.
The robotic grocery store of the future is here
Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, is using robots and machine learning to efficiently deliver food to the doors of its UK customers.
Burrito delivering drones—seriously?
Autonomous grocery vans are making deliveries in London
Self-driving cars are bringing another level of automation to the business of delivering groceries. Autonomous vehicle startup CargoPod uses lidar-equipped electric vans to navigate the streets of London and bring you your groceries.
Jengo, a robot bartender, can make up to 120 drinks an hour. He made his debut during the grand opening on Hard Rock Casino's new "robo bar" on Thursday.
The serving process is surprisingly simple -- customers choose their drink from a kiosk, swipe their card and the robot makes their drink.
Then, customers scan their tickets to pick their drink up.
Jengo can make billions of combinations, but creators say he still needs some human hands. There are about eight to 10 people working with the robot -- servers help people put in their order, mechanics service the robot and IT employees work to advance the ordering system.
"It's not the end of what we are going to do at Hard Rock," said Phil Juliano, CEO of Twin River Management. "There's plenty more coming."
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway y JP Morgan se unen para crear una compañía de servicios de salud
El gigante tecnológico Amazon, el 'brazo inversor' del multimillonario Warren Buffett y el banco estadounidense JP Morgan han firmado un acuerdo de asociación en virtud del cual crearán una compañía independiente de cuidados de salud que tiene como objetivo reducir los costes de la atención médica y mejorar los servicios ofrecidos a sus empleados en Estados Unidos.
Microsoft researchers reach human parity in conversational speech recognition
In a paper published Monday, a team of researchers and engineers in Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research reported a speech recognition system that makes the same or fewer errors than professional transcriptionists. The researchers reported a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, down from the 6.3 percent WER the team reported just last month.
The 5.9 percent error rate is about equal to that of people who were asked to transcribe the same conversation, and it’s the lowest ever recorded against the industry standard Switchboard speech recognition task.