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AI Sales Closing In on $500 Billion: Report: Global Sales of AI Industry Nearly $500b by 2024

A new report projects a rosy future for the AI industry.What’s new: A study from market research firm IDC estimates that global revenues for AI software, hardware, and services will reach $341.8 billion in
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Getting a Jump on Climate Change: AI Startups Predict the Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Startups are predicting how climate change will affect global commerce. Companies that specialize in climate analytics are training neural networks to help businesses manage risks posed by a warming globe,
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Dances With Robots: Tesla Unveils a Robot and D1 Chip at AI Day

Tesla unveiled its own AI chip and — surprise! — plans for a humanoid robot.What’s new: At Tesla’s AI Day promotional event, the company offered a first look at an upcoming self-driving computer powered by custom AI chips.
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Full-Bodied With Hints of Forest Fire: AI Masks Smoke Flavor in Wine's Tainted by Wildfire

Wineries in areas affected by wildfires are using machine learning to produce vintages that don’t taste like smoke. Some California winemakers are using a service called Tastry to identify grapes tainted by smoke from the state’s surging blazes and recommend blends that will mask the flavor.
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Wake Up and Smell the AI: Coffee Producers Use AI to Grow Better Beans

Coffee producers are using machine learning to grow better beans.What’s new: Beverage giant Nespresso is rolling out a system to assess the quality of hybrid coffee seedlings using technology from Israeli-Colombian startup Demetria.
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Outstanding in the Field: John Deere buys Bear Flag Robotics for $250 million.

One of the world’s largest makers of farm equipment is doubling down on self-driving tractors. John Deere agreed to pay $250 million for Bear Flag Robotics, a California startup that upgrades conventional tractors.
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Apple Kicks AI Into High Gear

After years of trailing other tech giants in AI, Apple has a new ambition: to become the industry’s leading purveyor of products powered by machine learning. In an interview with Ars Technica, the company’s AI chief argues that its pro-privacy.
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To Bee or Not to Bee: AI farm robots help to pollinate tomatoes.

Insects that spread pollen to fruiting plants are in trouble. A possible alternative: Robots. Farmers in Australia and the U.S. are using robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes.
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Bye Bye Bots

The independent research lab OpenAI wowed technology watchers in 2019 with a robotic hand that solved Rubik’s Cube. Now it has disbanded the team that built it. OpenAI cofounder Wojciech Zaremba revealed that OpenAI shuttered its robotics program last October.
New approach to automated real-estate assessment
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Home Sweet AI-Appraised Home

Real estate websites helped turn automated real-estate assessment into a classic AI problem. The latest approach by a leader in the field gets a boost from deep learning.
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Flight Paths Optimized

An AI system is helping aircraft avoid bad weather, restricted airspace, and clogged runways. Alaska Airlines will route all its flights using a system from Airspace Intelligence called Flyways.
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No Cashier? No Problem

Shoppers at Amazon’s newest grocery store can skip the checkout line. Amazon opened its first full-scale supermarket that monitors which items customers place in their cart and charges them automatically when they leave. It calls the system Just Walk Out.
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Every Problem Looks Like a Nail

Robots are brushing their way into the beauty market. A trio of companies is developing automated nail-painting devices that integrate robotics and computer vision.
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Tesla All-In For Computer Vision

Tesla is abandoning radar in favor of a self-driving system that relies entirely on cameras. The electric car maker announced it will no longer include radar sensors on Model 3 sedans and Model Y compact SUVs sold in North America.
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Robocoders

Language models are starting to take on programming work. SourceAI uses GPT-3 to translate plain-English requests into computer code in 40 programming languages. The French startup is one of several companies that use AI to ease coding.

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