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Microsoft and Walmart form a digital alliance against Amazon

Walmart has found itself a fairy godparent in Microsoft. The two companies have teamed up to "further accelerate Walmart's digital transformation in retail," and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that their shared rivalry against Amazon is "absolutely core" to their …

Satya Nadella

How Amazon Has Reorganized Around Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning

In honor of Amazon Prime Day, let’s take a look at the inner workings of this company that is pushing the bounds of innovation, not only with Amazon Prime, but the many other cutting-edge management strategies.<p>The company that sets the tone for so many aspects of customer experience is breaking …

Machine Learning

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

How Health Care Changes When Algorithms Start Making Diagnoses

Imagine that the next time you see your doctor, she says you have a life-threatening disease. The catch? A computer has performed your diagnosis, which is too complex for humans to understand entirely. What your doctor can explain, however, is that the computer is almost always right.<p>If this sounds …

Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people

Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.<p>Today’s digital assistants tend to fall down as soon as they depart from their limited scripts. Programs that can understand natural language, …

Artificial Intelligence

Jack Ma Takes Alibaba On A New Path, For Better Or Worse

Alibaba has long enjoyed a lucrative return from its massive online shopping network. But their extraordinary profitability is no longer a foregone conclusion as the Chinese e-commerce giant re-invests huge sums of money on new initiatives in the face of intensifying competition.<p>Unlike U.S. rival …

eCommerce

Adopt These 3 Mindsets and You'll Become an Unstoppable Entrepreneur

The first and biggest step toward getting rich eventually is to give up on getting rich quick.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Despite the difficult circumstances that may happen in your life, there is always an opportunity to overcome them as you build your …

Here are 5 ways to be a leader instead of a manager

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a <i>manager</i> and a <b>leader</b>?<p>Jennifer Hill has. Having held senior leadership positions with some top …

Gartner on Blockchain, AI and Data: Hype or Hope?

This past week, Gartner shook the technology space by claiming that “only 1% of CIOs indicated any kind of blockchain adoption within their organizations”.<p>The insight is derived from Gartner’s 2018 CIO Survey, an exercise that gathers data from over 3,000 CIO respondents in 98 countries and all …

Artificial Intelligence

According To Science You Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease If This One Thing Is Missing At Work

Change this behavior before it's too late<p>I've written about the ever-evolving landscape of leadership and how it's changing over time. But it turns out you'll be saving more than just projects and revenue by enhancing your leadership in the workplace...you'll be saving the health of your …

Leadership

Adidas just opened a futuristic new factory — and it will dramatically change how shoes are sold

Adidas' American Speedfactory is open for business.<p>The 74,000-square-foot facility in Cherokee County, Georgia, outside Atlanta, is now pumping out shoes using a completely automated digital manufacturing process.<p>The first shoes produced and sold from the factory, the new AM4NYC (Adidas made for …

Four Reasons Microgrids Haven't Taken Off Yet

Microgrids collaborate copasetically with distributed renewables, they guard against widespread blackouts, and they insure institutions against the losses those blackouts cause, so why aren’t they sprouting up everywhere?<p>A posse of microgrid developers pondered that question yesterday at the …

People are drinking less Pepsi and Coke than ever — and it reveals the power of the ‘biggest marketing trick of the century’

As soda declines, bottled water continues to thrive.<p>Coke and Pepsi brands declined 2% and 4.5%, respectively, by volume in the US in 2017, according to Beverage Digest's annual report, which was released on Monday. Meanwhile, Aquafina increased 2.6% by volume and Poland Springs grew 2.5%.<p>Overall, …

The market, drivers, threats, and opportunities for incumbents and newcomers in the telehealth market

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Telehealth — the use of mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and …

Telehealth

Two US grocery chains are on the verge of bankruptcy as Amazon moves in

Bloomberg reports that Winn-Dixie parent Bi-Lo and Tops Friendly Market could both declare bankruptcy this month, an ominous shakeout in a grocery industry that is bracing for new competition from Amazon and its newly acquired Whole Foods subsidiary.<p>Dig a little deeper and the situation is more …

S&P Global

How Businesses Are Using AI and Machine Learning to Leverage Events

<i>Interested in learning more about AI? You should attend Adweek’s Elevate: AI summit March 6 in New York. Register here.</i><p>As professionals across …

Machine Learning

How to keep growing as a professional despite the day-to-day, corporate grind

With so much on your plate during the average week, it’s entirely possible for your professional growth to slip through the cracks. Here’s how to …

As HomePod launches, Spotify cuts off support for some speakers and receivers

Goodbye, built-in streaming<p>Spotify is removing itself from a number of home audio speakers and receivers from the likes of Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Bang & Olufsen, Pioneer, and Yamaha. Some devices are losing Spotify integration completely, while others will require firmware updates if users want to …

What Could Amazon’s Approach to Health Care Look Like?

It is clear from some of its recent moves that Amazon sees the 18% of U.S. GDP dedicated to health care as fertile ground for expansion. Consider its decision to pursue the market for pharmaceutical distribution, or the recent announcement that it will be teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and …

Health Care

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation for their male family members’ crimes.<p>These leaders, responsible for settling legal disputes in their villages, act as local judges. A longstanding …

The 5 Clustering Algorithms Data Scientists Need to Know

Clustering is a Machine Learning technique that involves the grouping of data points. Given a set of data points, we can use a clustering algorithm …

Data Science

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.)

LONDON — What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?<p>What if your supervisor could identify every time you paused to scratch or fidget, and for how long you took a bathroom …

Gear & Gadgets

Elon Musk's Tesla and SA Labor reach deal to give solar panels and batteries to 50,000 homes

At least 50,000 homes in SA will be given solar panels and batteries in a scheme by Elon Musk's Tesla and the SA Government to build the world's …

The Game-Changing Blockchain Announcement You Probably Missed Last Week

Blockchain's non-currency applications are beginning to gain steam.<p>The past year and change has truly been incredible for cryptocurrency investors. …

21 Questions Amazon Asks Its Job Candidates

If you want to work for Jeff Bezos, you're going to have to answer some tough questions first.<p><b>Amazon goes to great lengths to ensure that they are hiring the right people.</b><p><b>We sifted through hundreds of Glassdoor reviews to find some of the company's toughest interview questions.</b><p><b>Questions about</b> …

Employment

Angry Customers Don’t Want an Apology

It’s the first rule of customer service: When something goes wrong, apologize. In many cases, the apologies continue throughout the interaction as an employee goes the extra mile to convey empathy and concern. But surprising new research shows that approach can backfire: An apology that extends …

Customer Service

Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

For all his success in designing world-changing technology, Bill Gates has set surprisingly strict rules for how his kids can use that technology, the billionaire philanthropist has said in multiple interviews.<p>"You're always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in …

Tesla is about to suffer the same fate as Ford

About a century ago, give or take a decade, the Ford Motor Company was <i>the</i> American carmaker. Its Model T was the first successful vehicle for everybody, and its founder, Henry Ford, was the greatest businessman in history, warts and all.<p>At the time, General Motors was a disorganized cluster of …