October 2019 Archive

October 28, 2019
May I predict your Order? (NYT)

McDonald’s has a new plan to sell more Big Macs: Act like Big Tech.  Over the last seven months, McDonald’s has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire technology companies that specialize in artificial intelligence and machine learning. And the fast-food chain has even established a new tech hub in the heart of Silicon Valley — the McD Tech Labs — where a team of engineers and data scientists is working on voice-recognition software.

October 24, 2019
Amazon Sells Clothes From Factories Other Retailers Blacklist (WSJ)

According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, the site today offers a steady stream of clothing from dozens of Bangladeshi factories that most leading retailers have said are too dangerous to allow into their supply chains.

October 16, 2019
If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something? (NYT)

Though it could be dismissed as an attention-grabbing stunt, the feat was another step forward for robotics research. Many researchers believe it was an indication that they could train machines to perform far more complex tasks. That could lead to robots that can reliably sort through packages in a warehouse or to cars that can make decisions […]

October 16, 2019
Winemaking in a Warming World (NYT)

Wine, which is among the most sensitive and nuanced of agricultural products, demonstrates how climate change is transforming traditions and practices that may be centuries old. Around the wine-growing world, smart producers have contemplated and experimented with adaptations, not only to hotter summers, but also to warmer winters, droughts and the sort of unexpected, sometimes […]

October 15, 2019
The Next Generation of Aircraft Will Track Your Bathroom Visits (Bloomberg)

Airbus sees a big market in digitally aware cabins that may speed your flight—and save airlines lots of money. 

October 15, 2019
How Amazon’s Shipping Empire Is Challenging UPS and FedEx (WSJ)

Over the years, Amazon has played down its ambitions. But as consumers flock to its site for everything from toilet paper to TVs, Amazon has quietly blanketed the nation with hundreds of sprawling suburban warehouses and neighborhood package-sorting centers, flooded the streets with tens of thousands of vans and even taken to the airways. The […]

October 15, 2019
Apple’s data shows a deepening dependence on China

Tapping factories in Brazil and India has not lessened Apple’s dependence on China. Few American firms are as tightly bound to Asia’s largest economy as Apple. Contract factories owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd’s Foxconn, Pegatron Corp, Wistron Corp and others employ hundreds of thousands of workers to assemble Apple devices.

October 10, 2019
IBM unveils Sterling Supply Chain Suite

IBM unveiled an integrated supply chain suite embedded with artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, saying the platform was open to developers in a move to help users make their organizations more efficient and better able to adjust to disruptions and opportunities. The “IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite,” built on the foundation of Sterling B2B Network […]