McDonald’s is increasingly looking at tech acquisitions as a way to reinvent the fast-food experience. It’s buying Apprente, a startup building conversational agents that can automate voice-based ordering in multiple languages.
“Designed to look like Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy, the $1 million machine is an attempt to reignite people’s passion for their faith in a country where religious affiliation is on the decline.”
“Trump has made a policy cornerstone out of his trade war with China, elevating the automation-breeds-competitiveness argument. Companies could be propelled toward faster automation and accelerate a coming topsy-turvy future of work.”
January 23, 2019 – Erin Winick – MIT Technology Review
“Of all US metropolitan areas, Dalton, Georgia, has the highest automation potential of 56%, followed by Kokomo, Indiana, with 54.7%. The Lexington Park, Maryland, area had the lowest automation potential with 39.1%.”