The world of perfume has come a long way since scratch’n’sniff. Perfumers are beginning to dip their toes, or should I say noses, into the shiny new world of tech, sustainability, gender fluidity and, of course, ‘clean’ products. But for many years the ancient art of perfumery seemed impervious to the advancements of the modern world. Production techniques got smarter, but the basic product remained the same. This is in part, due to the intrinsic nature of scent, it is unremittingly physical. Christian Dior once said: “A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting,” and if this logic is anything to go by then we are all frightfully unoriginal. This year’s bestselling perfume is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle followed closely by Chanel Chance, both of which have consistently topped perfume sales in the two decades since their release. But for the first time in a century, the powerhouse designer brands’ monopoly over … [Read more...] about Why your next perfume will be ‘clean’ and created using AI
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Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 8:47 PM EDT Apr 16, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Facial recognition systems frequently misidentify people of color. Lending tools charge higher interest rates to Hispanics and African Americans. Sentencing algorithms discriminate against black defendants. Job hunting tools favor men. Negative emotions are more likely to be assigned to black men's faces than white men. Computer vision systems for self-driving cars have a harder time spotting pedestrians with darker skin tones. The use of artificial intelligence, which combs through vast amounts of our personal data in search of patterns, is rapidly expanding in critical parts of Americans' daily lives such as education, employment, health care and policing. Increasingly, powerful artificial intelligence tools determine who gets into school, who gets a job, who pays a higher insurance premium. Yet a growing body of research shows that these technologies are rife with bias … [Read more...] about AI, facial recognition too white, too male: More minorities needed
Facebook will use artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent the profiles of deceased friends and family being featured in ways that caused upset painful ways, such as in reminders about their birthday. The social network has confirmed it will also introduce a new Tributes section for memorialised accounts, which will enable friends and family to share posts in a separate area of a profile, preserving the original section. AI will be used to prevent memorialised profiles from appearing in places that "might cause distress", including as a recommendation to be invited to an event or as a birthday reminder to friends. The tools are part of an update the site says will make it easier to remember those who have died. More than 30 million people view memorialised profiles each month, the company said. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said: "People turn to Facebook to find community during life's highs and lows. We know the loss of a friend or family member can … [Read more...] about Facebook will use AI when sharing accounts of dead friends
American fast food chain McDonald's has bought an AI machine-learning company that will automatically change its drive-thru menu panels depending on factors such as weather, time, restaurant traffic and trends. The technology means that it could suggest McFlurry ice cream products on hot days, or show what is popular at that particular restaurant at the moment. It can also come up with instant suggestions based on what the customer has already ordered. McDonald's is acquiring Israeli startup Dynamic Yield for a reported £227,000 after a trial in some US restaurants last year. "Technology is a critical element of our Velocity Growth Plan, enhancing the experience for our customers by providing greater convenience on their terms," said Steve Easterbrook, president and chief executive of McDonald's. "With this acquisition, we're expanding both our ability to increase the role technology and data will play in our future and the speed with which we'll be able to implement our vision of … [Read more...] about McDonald’s will use AI to have food ready before you order
GOOGLE Doodle is using AI so you can make your own Bach-inspired song – but who is Johann Sebastian Bach? We explain who he is and what he has accomplished. Who was Johann Sebastian Bach? Johann Sebastian Bach is a German composer and musician from the Baroque period. He is known for compositions such as Art of Fugue, the Brandenburg Concerts and the Goldberg Variations. Bach was renowned as an organist. He died aged 65. What is the Google Doodle? Today’s Google Doodle allows users to compose a two-measure melody of their choice. The AI model was trained on 306 of Bach’s compositions and uses machine learning to harmonise the custom tune to his signature style. Users can even to an 80s rocky style hybrid if they find they special Easter egg in the Doodle. What is a Google Doodle? In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second 'o' of Google as a message to show that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with … [Read more...] about Today’s Google Doodle uses AI to let you compose your own Bach-inspired tune! How does it work and who is Johann Sebastian Bach?