How Restaurants Like Panera and Chipotle Are Leveraging AI to Simplify Food Prep and Ordering

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From drive-thru operations to back-of-house operations to predictive ordering for consumers, restaurant brands are starting to pilot AI to streamline food service. The technology has yet to reach critical mass in major chains, but it has the potential to automate more tasks and give restaurant workers the opportunity to have a more meaningful guest experience. … Read more

Senior EU official urges more countries to ban China’s Huawei, ZTE from 5G networks

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Thierry Breton, EU commissioner for the internal market, has called on more member states to remove “high-risk” providers such as Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks, citing risks to national security. To date, only 10 EU countries have restricted or banned Huawei from their 5G networks, Breton said. China later said it strongly opposes … Read more

Nvidia-backed platform that turns text into AI-generated avatars raises valuation to $1 billion

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AI-powered video generation platform Synthesia has raised $90 million from investors, the company told CNBC exclusively. The round, which values ​​the company at $1 billion, was led by venture capital firm Accel and backed by US chipmaker Nvidia. Synthesia will use the money to invest in artificial intelligence research, advancing on partnerships with leading colleges … Read more

Pentagon awards SpaceX contract with Ukraine for Starlink satellite internet

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The Pentagon said Thursday it had agreed to purchase Starlink satellite internet terminals from Elon Musk’s SpaceX for use in Ukraine. The Pentagon declined to offer further contract details, including the price, scope and timing of delivery. Starlink is SpaceX’s global network of more than 4,000 satellites providing services to more than 50 countries. Ukrainian … Read more

Microsoft signs AI computing power deal with Nvidia-backed CoreWeave that could be worth billions

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Microsoft’s deal with CoreWeave could be worth billions of dollars over several years, people familiar with the matter said. CoreWeave offers Nvidia graphics cards that other companies rent out. Nvidia has invested $100 million in CoreWeave, which was valued at $2 billion in April. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Jordan Novet | CNBC Microsoft’s massive investment … Read more