D.L. Damore

Sep 102019
 

McDonald’s acquires AI company trying to automate the drive-thru:

“McDonald’s said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year.

Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used someday in its self-order kiosks and mobile app.”

*Not only can technology be used to show people different menu items based on time of day to increase order size, AI could be used to reduce labor costs.

Aug 042019
 

Test programs around the world that use the technology for lifesaving pharmaceuticals as well as for food and even coffee are attempting to prove that delivery by drones is not only safe, but efficient and environmentally sound.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/technology/drone-deliveries-faa-pilot-programs.html

*Drones are a future technology area to study. See lots of opportunity for people with multiple knowledge bases that relate to drones. A few areas are geography, human population density, legalities related to airspace, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Aug 042019
 

“The hardest part of making a suit is the customer,” he said. “Some people don’t know what they want. They want it loose, then they want it tight. That’s why you have to have two fittings.”

Jun 202019
 

Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $19.5 Billion
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/technology/slack-stock-ipo-price-trading.html

Jun 202019
 

Richard Montañez went from cleaning toilets to being one of the most creative executives in the food industry. But first, he had to call the CEO…
— Read on thehustle.co/hot-cheetos-inventor/

*Worth a read.

May 022019
 

When George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, introduced the Kodak #1 camera in 1888, photography became vastly more convenient. With a sale price of $25 (roughly $700 today), the camera was preloaded with a 100-frame roll of film.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/nyregion/nyc-photos-from-1951.html

*Did not know that.

Apr 292019
 

The company had 88,000 paying customers at the end of the most recent fiscal year, up almost 50 percent from the previous year. Of those customers, 575 paid more than $100,000 for their subscriptions, contributing about 40 percent of the company’s revenue.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/technology/slack-filing.html