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How Artificial Intelligence is Refashioning the Retail Industry

How Artificial Intelligence is Refashioning the Retail Industry

Artificial Intelligence is Changing The Way Of The Retail Industry Quietly

Currently we make use of technology each day to buy online through the E-commerce websites which helps us in keeping in sync with latest fashion. But fashion has been in relation with technology for ages. About twenty years ago a famed designer called Alexander Mc Queen made use of two robots for spray painting on the model’s white dresses. If you think that it was a long lost blurred coming together of fashion with the modern day advancement then the last years ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’  theme in the Met Ball will strike more cords.

As stated earlier the narrow bridge between the technology and retail world is closing down and turning into a single entity. This is the result of the incredible rise in the online shopping along use of the Artificial  intelligence which is simply changing the way people shop and they will shop in future.

Retailers believe in Artificial intelligence

Blue Yonder has conducted a survey few months ago wherein more 750 groceries retailers from all across the globe were asked questions specifically related to the decision making and customer service. Their survey has shown that the most of groceries retailer understands the in upcoming years the robotics, Artificial  intelligenceand machine learning will play a vital role in the retail industry. More than 77 percent believed that AI and machine learning will make a huge impact while rest of the retailers believed it is happening already.

Benefits of using Artificial intelligence in retail

By adding the Artificial  intelligence along with machine learning to the decision making has helped businesses in becoming highly efficient. On such German retailer has seen a remarkable difference in their business altogether.

  • €20m less waster through making replenishment projections.
  • Out of the stock products turned down by 20 percent as retailer was to get right products in right quantity at the right time.
  • €5 m in capital savings with price optimization
  • €5 m efficiency came into the savings due to streamlining of the processes.

Some of the incredible advantages brought by the use of the Artificial  intelligence and varied other technology includes not just boost in the business potential, efficiency but also a notable increase in the revenue. Decision making process is certainly enhanced by the AI which helps store managers in taking right decisions related to products in small amount of time.  Forecasting the demand of product, ordering, pricing and scheduling process tends to get streamlined.

Predictive analytics and customer behavior analysis has received a huge boost and automation further helped the retail industry. Employees were able to concentrate on their core capability which related to ensuring that the business runs in full swing without any hassle. Machines & technology takes away the pain of dealing with the monotonous decisions while the team behind the upcoming and established retail chain can work on innovations and make some of the much needed strategic decisions with ease and grace.

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How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode?

How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode?

Did you ever stay up at night binge watching cat videos or anything that catches your fancy? Ever wish the bright lighting had been dulled to go a little easier on the eyes? Ever streamed videos in the dark to hide its content from your parents or significant other? Well your prayers have been answered. YouTube has developed a super-secret ‘dark mode’ to make our lives a little easier.

Even though YouTube has been in business since 2006, it has lacked this common feature that has otherwise been available in a lot of video players around the web.

We have found a way to officially ‘dim the lights’ so you can better focus on the video you choose to stream. The fully functional dark mode was first discovered by Owen Williams who chose to share this information with all other users across the World Wide Web.

The dark mode not only swaps YouTube’s classic red and white theme for an all-black, but also tweaks its interface. The dark theme can be toggled on and off like a light switch. The activation takes a bit of fiddling but I promise the whole process will take less than a minute for even the most technologically challenged out there. So read on, to find out how to activate YouTube’s dark mode.

You will not find this feature being officially advertised as it’s still in the testing stage. Google is financing a trial for this experiment as a part of their new website’s design.

For now, only Chrome users can benefit from this experience. After enabling this effect it will apply to the entire web page including the homepage and dedicated channel pages. So let’s get started.

  • First things first, install the most recent version of Google Chrome that is, Version 57 or later.
  • Next, navigate to YouTube’s home page and create a new account. If you already got one, log into it.
  • Now you have to open the Developers Window. You can do this by going to Chrome’s Developers Tool Tab. If you are a Windows user, hit Ctrl + Shift + I on Chrome. If you’re a Mac user press Option + Command + I to do the same.
  • After this click on the ‘Console’ tab.
  • You must Paste in the following text. Carefully note the code: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
  • Hit enter, close the Developers Window, and refresh your browser.
  • To find the dark mode toggle, click on your profile icon in the main settings menu in the top right.
  • Click the toggle switch to activate Dark Mode.
  • Voila! You have activated dark mode, enjoy your videos in the dark all night.
  • Even if this method does not work for you, Youssef Sarhan points out that adding ‘gaming’ in the beginning of your YouTube URL will have a similar effect without changing anything in the console.
  • Unfortunately, you need to reactivate the dark mode every time you restart Chrome.

 

So here you have it! By adding a dark UI you have now achieved a bold new look.

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New Solar Powered Device can Create Water out of Thin Air, Even in Deserts

New Solar Powered Device can Create Water out of Thin Air, Even in Deserts

Finally we can create water from the air using Solar Powered Device

The global warming is real and we are dealing with water issue across the planet which is not seen many as a pressing condition. Thankfully, a new research has helped in bringing such Solar Powered Device into the world which will help in harvesting drinking right from the air. It is fascinating to note that our atmosphere contains as much as 13,000 trillion liters of waters which remains untapped. Technology news gripping everyone states that a new Solar Powered Device has been developed a team of researchers from US which has the potential to extract potable water from the air. It doesn’t need a huge power sources rather it relies on the solar energy.

The new solar powered water harvester

The best thing about this Solar Powered Device is that it will be of great help in generating waster in low relative humidity (RH) of just 20 percent. This low level of RH is commonly found in the deserts and arid areas all around the world. This also happens to be major challenged for the team to overcome as getting water of the air through solar power is almost next to impossible in such conditions. Technology news has stated that the solar water harvester is based on the experimental data generated by the scientist and this has been married with a theoretical framework for the next stage.

Secondly this Solar Powered Device has to be made economically viable by ensuring that it isn’t an energy hog. Therefore researchers had worked hard at making the ‘solar energy’ input work like a charm with this air water harvesting technology so it remains affordable for the target region users to employ in the upcoming future. Lead researcher on this project has stated that this technology will help in bringing quality drinking water in the remote arid areas of India. Furthermore the large scale utilization of this device will certainly help in changing the landscape of the water usage in India specifically in the sunlight abundant but water scarce regions.

How this technology came into being?

A number of technology news has stated that the core of this device happens to be a metal-organic framework has been constructed at MIT. This framework is made up with a class of unique materials which shows high porosity levels. These framework materials possess a high affinity for the water molecules while results in actively pulling water out of the air. Fortunately this framework doesn’t hold up on the water too tightly so that it becomes concentrated. Once the water has been derived from the air then it’s released using the temperature changes induced by the natural sunlight. The resultant water is absorbed on a thin film which this device stores in a condenser.

As per technology news forwarded by the team the absorption and desorption rate of this Solar Powered Device is set at creating 2.8 liters of water in 12 hours with RH level below 20 percent. The rooftop tests conducted by researchers at MIT have shown commendable results for this device in the outdoor conditions.

 

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Wires and SuperCapacitors Constructed Inside Living Plants

Wires and SuperCapacitors Constructed Inside Living Plants

Science and technology go hand in hand. With the innovation of technical things and gadgets, our life has got a new dimension. It is very interesting to know living supercapacitors constructed inside every living organisam. We are now able to witness the impossible things that we have never dreamt of in the last couple of years. Well, there is a progress or advancement in each department be it biological, medicine or any technological matter.

In the year 2015, a research group came up with the results which showed that they were successful in making the rose absorb a conducting polymer solution. Well, this is something new which we don’t come across very often. Really, it is an incredible matter in the field of electronics.

THE SOLUTION

The conducting hydrogel which got formed in the stem of the rose was in the form of wires. The stem of the rose acted as a perfect transistor with all the gates at each end and a gate in the centre. This device can act as a supercapacitor.

The results were published in the Science Advances. An assistant professor has been able to develop a SuperCapacitors material, which has been specially designed for the issue. The material that has been developed polymerises inside the stem of the rose without any further trigger.

The fluid can create channels for conducting. The channel may be long and it is not limited within the stem of the rose but also within the leaves and petals.

THE CHARGING

The rose can be charged at frequent intervals without any degradation in the performance of the semiconductor device. The best part is that the energy stored in the semi-conductor is of the same magnitude in the stem of the rose.So the SuperCapacitors developed from this will be a great help in the power industry.

There are many areas where we can utilise this SuperCapacitors device – the plant. This plant is capable of powering up our ion pump. It can also give power to various types of sensors which are quite beneficial.

THE RESEARCH

The research is in the initial stages of the experiment and a lot of work is let before it can be confirmed for the future. If this plant becomes successful, then the future will be benefitted a lot.

The plant can be used to power up the switches and also will be useful in the storage of energy. So it can be also used in creating the fuel cells. With the research going on, it is now time to implement the facts.

The implications will make it more worthy. The supercapacitors will make the tasks easy in the future. The performance would also matter a lot in the near future. The supercapacitors can be used in the automobile industry as well.

This will be a great help in saving our natural resources as well for the future generations. With the device or the plant coming in the future, a lot of money would also be saved for the generation of power and electricity. For this project, the main funds are coming from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

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Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Digital Fabrication To Revolutionize The Future Of Architecture

Poor construction management and substandard project vision can easily endanger the completion of any project. Several building projects still include inferior working conditions which are not eloquently sustainable. The world is constantly changing and with it the construction processes are also being developed. Construction processes that involve digital technologies ensure sustainable working conditions, productivity and sustainability. That’s not all, the integration of new technologies also enable the creation of fresh architectural expressions. The advent of digital fabrication has made it easier to use programmed computers as a medium of completing the projects successfully using digital designs.

 

Digital Building Culture

The potential of this digital building culture can be fully exploited with funding and institutional environments that facilitate proper interdisciplinary research. The process of digital fabrication unites the separate disciplines like robotics, control system engineering, materials science, computer science, structural design and architecture.

Digital Fabrication_1Recently, the AAAS 2017 meeting in Boston was held in which the RMIT University, University of California, and Jane Burry amongst others explained the development in digital building culture. The detailed presentations they showcased at this event highlight the integration of digital technologies with building process, planning and design. The process of digital fabrication in itself is revolutionary and can successfully renovate the building industry.

Overcoming Challenges in Digital Fabrication

Assistant professor, Jonas Buchli at ETZ Zurich and private investigator in NCCR highlighted the expanded use of digital fabrication using domain specific robotic technology in prefabrication and construction sites.

He also demonstrated the various challenges that the researchers are going through in the integration and further development of digital technologies in varied fields of architecture. Digital fabrication and increased use of digital designs for higher quality projects can successfully transform the future of architecture.

Free Of Limitations

Digital fabrication has helped designers by unchaining them from the limitations of dimensional representational techniques. It has freed the designers from the various constraints of physical modeling and drawing.

This has helped them solve the various hindrances of extraneous factors like material and fabrication constraints, and environmental and structural optimization. The director of RMIT University in Australia demonstrated how the various opportunities for quality control, mass customization, variation, optimization, and automation can be explored.

Digital fabrication helps realize the potentialities of these opportunities in full scale construction projects. Burry also demonstrated examples of how innovation and research has successfully changed construction practices. For a better insight of development she will use case studies of Antonio Sagrada Familia.

3D printing digital fabrication enables building objects using layers of plastic or metal. However, the process of development in 3D printing has been slow and has till date only enabled small scale object printing.

The Associate Professor in Berkeley USA, Ronald Rael is devising new methods to overcome this challenge. He has been working on the project for quite some time, and has been able to develop new materials that will help overcome the challenge of costs and scales of 3D printing. Ronald demonstrated that sustainable resources amassed from waste streams derived for 3D printing in architecture will be a viable solution for overcoming the challenges.

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