Artificial intelligence app gauges cow and pig livestock happiness

Artificial intelligence app - Farm animals

Wageningen University & Research scientists developed the application to gauge farm animal emotional state. An animal scientist working with Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands has developed an artificial intelligence app meant to measure farm animal emotional state. The technology gathers images taken with a smartphone and uses AI to determine the animals’ happiness. The researcher, Suresh Neethirajan, added his paper on his study to the bioRxiv preprint server, describing the artificial intelligence app and its effectiveness during testing. The purpose of the app and the research was to…

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New artificial intelligence technology spots the worst areas for local pollution

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Duke University researchers employed satellite imagery, weather data and machine learning. Researchers at Duke University have developed new artificial intelligence technology that is able to spot local areas where air pollution is the heaviest. The researchers were able to employ the tech to narrow down the focus to the city block. The artificial intelligence technology used machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data. This combination could identify areas of heavy air pollution from one city block to the next. Using this type of method could be very helpful in identifying…

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QR code payments at PayFast up by 412 percent

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The digital payment processing company based in Cape Town has seen an explosion of barcode use. PayFast, a digital payment processing service based in Cape Town, South Africa, has reported a rise of 412 percent in its QR code payments. These transactions were processed via Masterpass from March 2020 through February 2021. The extreme growth trend is seen as the result of the pandemic’s instant need for contact-free transactions. The rise in QR code payments, usage in general and scans has risen quickly as the pandemic required businesses and consumers…

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Mobile wallet payments more common than in-store cash transactions in 2020

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Last year, for the first time, people used digital payment methods more often than cash. Mobile wallet payments became more popular than cash transactions worldwide at in-store points of sale (POS) in 2020, said the Global Payments Report 2021 published by FIS’ Worldpay. That trend represents the first time smartphone-based transactions were more common than cash. The data presented in the Global Payments Report 2021 showed that there was a considerable 10 percent drop in the use of cash to pay for purchases in-store. This took into account the fact…

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Social and live stream commerce rose by 45 percent last year

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Social platforms and real-time video drove a massive spike in shopping via apps in 2020. Social media and live stream commerce positively exploded last year, as the pandemic greatly changed the way people communicated and shopped, says new App Annie data. Many countries newer to m-commerce experienced even higher increases in their app-based shopping. According to new data, global time spent shopping via apps (not including China), rose by 45 percent in 2020 when compared to the same figures for 2019. Many countries that hadn’t previously adopted mobile commerce as…

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