Combating Food Insecurity with Robotic Technology & AI

Combating Food Insecurity with Robotic Technology & AI

In his 1798 book “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” Thomas Malthus predicted that population growth would outpace our food supply in time. While he couldn’t have known the impact that technology has had on agriculture and our global food supply, he was correct in assuming that there would be daunting challenges to sustainably feeding a growing planet.

5 Revolutionary Ways Artificial Intelligence is Being Used in 2018

5 Revolutionary Ways Artificial Intelligence is Being Used in 2018

This week, we’re sharing a roundup of the 5 of the most compelling applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. From the cosmos to reshaping the oil and gas industry, these technologies are being applied in revolutionary ways to solve previously impossible problems.

Healthcare's Machine Learning Revolution

Healthcare's Machine Learning Revolution

Changes to the US healthcare system in recent years have been met with broad acceptance by some groups and vitriol by others. The changes have resulted in skyrocketing medical costs for some portions of the population, while providing others with new, much-needed access to healthcare services. Achieving ideal health outcomes for a large population is a complex and difficult challenge - one that may seem to be out of reach on the surface - but with emerging technologies, we see cause for hope.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning can improve outcomes and access for medical treatment, while reducing overhead, cost, and time to diagnosis.

PCGS Launches AI-Powered Coin Grading Technology

PCGS Launches AI-Powered Coin Grading Technology

Earlier this year, Professional Coin Grading Service rolled out PCGS Gold Shield™ Service utilizing new coin grading technology developed in partnership with Positronic. Coin grading is the process of determining the grade or condition of a coin in order to determine its value. PCGS is one of the top coin grading services in the United States, providing the standard for coin authenticity.

Case Study: Positronic Develops Machine-Learning Talent Recruitment Platform TalentHutt

Platform Increases Talent Recruiter Effectiveness by 500%, reduces employee turnover by 40%

We have had the pleasure of working hand-in-hand with client John Cage Enterprises, a talent recruiting consultant firm based in the St. Louis area, to help their team become more effective, efficient, and accurate in their work. One of our most recent projects was to create an artificial intelligence powered talent recruitment platform.

Institutionalizing AI in Your Business

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By Benjamin Vierk, CEO

Thinking about existing value chains in new ways requires a new way of thinking for the organization. It’s important to drive that change into the company culture so that it continues to drive your company forward and keep your you competitive long into the future. Lasting changes only are anchored by demonstrating results; both short and long term, and having company leadership communicate those results loudly and often. Having company leaders that communicate the importance of AI, both internally and externally, is critical to institutionalizing the new capabilities.

Consider the email that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent to his executive team. It starts, “I know that this is going to ruin a number of your weekends”. In it were links to several AI resources and the missive: “if you want to be an exec at this company - you need to be competent at AI”. Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft Technical Fellow, shared this with me over a recent lunch after I demanded more of Azure ML and interrogated him about Microsoft’s ML strategy, “How serious is Microsoft taking AI at the executive level?”. Satya’s message is clear; the winners tomorrow will have a strategy for Artificial Intelligence today.

Listen to the way that Jeff Bezos talked about AI in his most recent letter to shareholders [4]: “big trends are not that hard to spot (they get talked and written about a lot), but they can be strangely hard for large organizations to embrace. We’re in the middle of an obvious one right now: machine learning and artificial intelligence. Over the past decades, computers have broadly automated tasks that programmers could describe with clear rules and algorithms. Modern machine learning techniques now allow us to do the same for tasks where describing the precise rules is much harder.” Bezos understands the impact that AI is having to his industry. If yours doesn’t, it’s time for a lunch and learn.

The biggest challenge you’ll face institutionalizing AI is that the demand for data science talent is significantly higher than the supply. Large companies are aggressively hiring and acquiring machine learning talent to build internal capabilities. According to a recent McKinsey report [5], 80-90% of all today’s AI talent are working at the largest technology companies in the world. In the current market medium-sized businesses are finding more success partnering with AI technology firms than trying to recruit and retain a force of their own. Small businesses with limited budgets will find their best ROI buying off-the-shelf software enhanced by AI.

Positronic specializes in making businesses perform better and faster through strategic implementation of technology including artificial intelligence. Is there an area of your business that you need to up your game to stay competitive? Let's talk about how we can help you change the game through artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.