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Online supermarket Ocado is taking the human touch out of grocery packing

British online supermarket, Ocado is leading the way for automation technology. 3000 bots move around swiftly, at about four meters per second.

 

The Ocado warehouse is bigger than six Olympic-sized swimming pools. Now, other supermarkets around the world are using the license for this robot program.

Increasing grocery automation

The bots aim is to get groceries together quicker than humanly possible. They operate using advanced artificial intelligence. They look like washing machines on wheels and move in a flawless formation, within millimeters of each other.

The bots move quickly over large squares, with 21 containers underneath each square. Over 50,000 Ocado products fill the containers. The bots have an algorithm that tells them where to store the products.

When an order is received, the bots come to life and get straight to work. They know exactly what route and container they’re working on, using their carefully orchestrated systems.

The bots have mechanisms that allow them to pick and pack products. They work together to help each other throughout the day, clearing the way for each other and eliminating any congestions.

There are bots for grabbing containers, bots to pick and pack the items, and bots to finalise the order and put it in the delivery van. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete an order, and has a 99% accuracy rate.

Improving accuracy, cutting waste

Ocado is 21 years old and used traditional systems for many years. They worked with conveyor belts and cranes. However, this system is prone to human error and less productivity. Years ago, the orders took three hours to complete.

The new system is helping with productivity, cutting back on waste, improving accuracy and customer satisfaction.

Other supermarkets are hiring robots

Ocado is at the forefront of the online supermarket game, by using the latest automated technology. They now license this program to several major grocers around the world in the US, France, and Australia.

Although, according to market forecasting company Oxford Economics, up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be lost to robots by 2030.

The ultimate end goal is to have warehouses run entirely by robots. Ocado now has a stock market value of over $22 billion and is a publicly-traded company.

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Major Microsoft outage shuts down airlines, news and cloud servers worldwide

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A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks and telecommunications companies.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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Tech researchers argue that ChatGPT’s AI comedy is beating humans to the punchline

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ChatGPT has taken to the stand-up stage, with some researchers arguing that AI has finally beaten humans to the punchline.

GenAI takes the next leap forward, now targeting the comedy scene – but will the machines get the last laugh?

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all the latest AI updates. #featured

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