Fried Chicken Eatery Birdcall Changes Restaurant Paradigm Through Technology

When Birdcall opens in the spring, a manager who plays much more Apple Store genius than restaurant maitre d’ will oversee the staff-free dining room set where Tom’s Home Cookin’ operated for 17 years. The team behind the upcoming fried chicken sandwich spot, who also owns the Park Burger mini chain and two locations of Homegrown Tap & Dough,… Read More »

Connected Vending Machines — 2nd Edition

Connected Vending Machines is the second consecutive report from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on the vending telemetry and cashless payment market worldwide. This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you with 70 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year

Will automation take away all our jobs?

Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete?

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent. One Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, is reportedly replacing 34 human insurance claim workers with “IBM Watson Explorer,

kiosk history

Kiosk history as recorded by industry observer for last 30 years. Covers kiosk patents, tradeshows and more.

Open Letter to Washington Post – Job Killing Kiosks

Source: Here is a personal opinion letter/piece that I wrote for rebuttal to Andy Puzder and Rensi.  I was deliberately ruthless and demonstrative for effect. I also sent to the Washington Post and may send to some more. I also published as personal letter on the Kiosk industry group site.

The Internet of Things is making hospitals more vulnerable to hackers | ZDNet

“As the attack surface increases with the introduction of connected devices, the attack potential grows exponentially,” the report said. It said healthcare organisations should set specific IT security requirements for IoT components and identify how they will be interconnected, or connected to the internet. The report argues that device manufacturers need to involve hospitals from the very beginning when designing systems and services.

ENISA executive director Udo Helmbrecht said: “Interconnected, decision making devices offer automation and efficiency in hospitals, making them at the same time vulnerable to malicious actions.”

The report warns that there are “several serious vulnerabilities that come with the use of IoT in healthcare that are difficult to address.”

Amazon Said to Plan Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to capitalize on the surprise success of its voice-controlled home gadgets and fend off competition from Google and Apple Inc.