Fruit for sale

After a few setbacks, Amazon Go, an AI-powered grocery-like store, is live. You don’t need to go through a check-out line or scan your product to purchase it at this store. All you have to do is pick it up and walk out the door, and the store takes care of charging you for it.

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Fashionable woman in India

If you want to be the embodiment of the latest Bollywood fashion wherever you go, there is an AI for you. Fashin AI will scan the latest Bollywood YouTube videos and find you items of apparel you can purchase online that will match with the latest trends. Become your inner Bollywood.

 

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woman holding a purse

Prada? Gucci? Fendi? Balenciaga? Luis Vuitton? Goyard? Dior? Wal-Mart?

If you can spot the non-luxury brand above, you’ve taken your first step to becoming AI that can spot a luxury purse from a knock-off. Now if you can do the same thing in 30 seconds by just looking at the purse itself, you could do the job of Entrupy AI. But it might be a tough job—Entrupy AI gets it right 98 percent of the time, and well-made mimics aren’t nearly as obvious as the list of words above.

 

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woman holding fashion sunglasses

At this point, it shouldn’t be surprising that brick-and-mortar retail stores are getting pinched as more and more shopping moves online. But using AI is one way these stores can regain lost sales.

Billions of dollars of fashion-merchandise revenue come through Alibaba’s websites every year, and with the massive amounts of data this traffic generates, Alibaba has developed FashionAI, a way these stores can use this data to make more sales.

So what does this artificial intelligence application do exactly? Alibaba recommends outfits to in-store users based on the store’s inventory, and it’s even tapped into the tastes of designers and fashion moguls that frequent Alibaba’s sites. It looks like this: you walk into a clothing store and pick up an eye-catching piece of clothing. As you near the changing room, a poster-sized screen nearby detects the article of clothing and recommends other articles of clothing that pair well with your current choice, helping you build the perfect outfit efficiently. Essentially, FashionAI just became your personal stylist.

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Little yellow Wally-like robot with arm outstretched to sun

Imagine you’re in first grade about to learn how to safely cross the road solo when you decide to become self-taught, explaining to your teacher, “I’ve got this. I can learn it on my own.” Marginally similar, these food-delivery robots have ditched humans, who normally accompany them on food-delivery trips in case they get into a snafu, in favor of teaching themselves how to successfully cross.

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