This week’s list of top data news highlights covers March 11, 2023 to March 17, 2023 and includes articles on managing inventory levels with an autonomous robot and using an AI system to write emails.
1. Improving Generative AI Systems
OpenAI has released a new AI system, known as GPT-4, that can turn user-submitted text and image prompts into realistic writing. The system improves upon past iterations by generating more accurate answers and accepting image prompts as well as text prompts.
2. Securing Parking Lots
Lowe’s, a U.S.-based home improvement retail chain, has started testing the use of autonomous robots to patrol parking lots at select stores. The robots use microphones, sensors, cameras, and an AI system to monitor the parking lots and alert security personnel about anomalies.
3. Optimizing Work Productivity
Google has announced plans to add generative AI systems to its Workspace suite. Approved workers who use the suite, which includes Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and more, can use the generative AI systems to generate content on each service.
4. Delivering Groceries
Kroger, a U.S.-based supermarket chain, has partnered with Gatik, a U.S.-based autonomous vehicle company, to deliver groceries from an automated distribution center in Dallas, Texas to nearby retail locations. Krogers will use the trucks to transport fresh groceries for both in-store purchases and fulfill online orders.
5. Generating Professional Writing
LinkedIn has expanded its generative AI tools to include an AI-powered writing assistant that organizations can use to help write job listings and job seekers can use to fill in their profiles. The company also plans to offer over 100 courses on AI through their LinkedIn Learning program, including 20 programs on generative AI.
6. Improving Social Services
Long Beach, California has launched a dashboard with data on people who experienced homelessness and enrolled in the city’s housing programs. Officials can use the dashboard to measure the success of housing programs and allocate resources to successful initiatives.
7. Analyzing Contracts
PricewaterhouseCoopers, a U.K.-based professional services firm, has partnered with Harvey, a U.S.-based legal artificial intelligence company, to use Harvey’s generative AI platform for legal work. Lawyers at PricewaterhouseCoopers can use the platform for analyzing contracts, due diligence, and other basic legal tasks.
8. Eating Breakfast
Denny’s, a U.S.-based restaurant chain, has redesigned its menu to include augmented reality-powered features. Visitors can scan the menu with their phone to learn more about the restaurant’s food and history and access new dishes and deals.
9. Managing Inventory
BJ’s Wholesale Club, a U.S.-based wholesale warehouse chain, has deployed autonomous robots to improve inventory management in stores. The robots use cameras and an AI system to navigate through store aisles and collect data on inventory levels, pricing accuracy, and product placement on shelves.
10. Detecting Liver Cirrhosis
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have created an AI system that can identify liver cirrhosis in narrative texts from patients’ electronic health records. In tests, the system identified patients with cirrhosis with 97 percent accuracy. Medical professionals can use the system to initiate treatment in a timely manner.