Instructor: David Schuff, Section 003

Dante N Bieri

AI Aiding Diets

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Artificial Intelligence is becoming something we can almost no longer avoid or live without. As humans, something else we cannot live without is food, because it fuels our bodies. Today, there is a concern with the negative effects “bad” food can have on us, most importantly, obesity. More than one in three adults today are what is consider obese, according to their BMI. With this being an ongoing epidemic in the United States, several startup companies hope to help diets by using AI. Edamam is a startup focused on helping you get easier and quicker nutritional information on the ingredients in a recipe. Their database of over 50,000 products allows them to use AI to do all the necessary nutritional information in the background. By creating an easy to use software where users can easily track nutritional information, more people will be more conscious of their eating habits. Passio follows a similar goal but uses AI to help users track food based on image recognition. Thanks to recent advancement in AI and image recognition, the error rate is around 3%, where as a human brain error rate is 5%. The last company to take on AI in the food industry is Habit. They use not only AI but also genetics, from a sample kit sent out, to help users find personalize diets to their needs. Habit goes one step further to offer prepared meals based on the genetic data found from the sample kit. With so many unique opportunities for AI to be implemented in the food industry, do you think AI can combat obesity?


Artificial Intelligence in the Food Industry: How to empower consumer decisionmaking


Artificial Intelligence: A Growing Disruption

Intelligence photoArtificial (AI) is becoming the new “it” thing to invest in among technologies, and it has caused several disruptions to the technology industry. AI is a human-like computer tool that enables them to run large sets of data and self-learn different algorithms. They can also help companies make decisions in quicker time with higher levels of confidence. AI has become so popular of the past couple years due to a few reasons. All algorithms live in cloud based environments, something all companies have been switching over to. The cost of data has decreased 38% over the past few years, allowing companies to buy more and collect more data. The final reason why AI has become so popular is because investors are throwing billions of dollars in startup companies that focus on AI. All of this has started to see some true disruptions to the technology industry. We have seen AI implemented in sustainable updates, like YouTube and Netflix, to help give us more personalized recommendations. Both companies have reported an increase in viewer watch times. Perhaps the most prominent area we have seen AI take place is in a completely new market. AI has led to the creation of digital assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google which in turn have created products like Echo and Google Home. There is money behind these new speakers too, Amazon, creator of echo, currently holds around a 70% market share in what is soon to be a $25 billion market. AI isn’t going to stop at software updates and digital assistants it is starting to take over the marketing and health industries as well. What do you think is next for AI? Do you think AI is here to stay or just waiting to be phased out by the next innovation? Where would you like to see AI go in the next few years?



A new era: Artificial intelligence is now the biggest tech disrupter

The Growing Popularity of Flat Organizations

team photoFor many years, most US corporations have focused on a hierarchal organization structure for their organization. The structure typically meant that an employee has a boss, that boss reports to their boss and so on until you reach the CEO at the top of the command. Today, many corporations are moving towards eliminating hierarchy amongst their organization and becoming a flat organization. In a flat origination, there are no bosses, everyone is equal and working together as a team. This creates an opportunity for employees to be able to work on projects more efficiently by removing barriers such as, time needed to get upper level approval. Ciplex, a marketing agency that adapted a flat structure, noticed that after the change, projects that would normally take six months, only took six weeks to finish. The company also noticed that employees are happier and have a greater focus on improving customer satisfaction. With more project being completed, more can be taken on, increasing both revenue and satisfaction. Yet, with the removal of upper management, it can often bring up some odd rules. At Valve Corp., a video game company, pay is voted on by peers and promotions are nonexistent. Ciplex, fired any employee who resisted the change, and now has a policy where employees vote off anyone they don’t like. My questions that have risen from this article are: What do you think about flat organizational structure? Do you think you would be able to sacrifice not having a boss for equality? Is a flat organization only realistic in certain companies or can it be universal?



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