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October 18, 2018 Jeremy Boren

TechHub: Walmart Reveals IIoT Strategy, AI for Doctors, Elon Musk Helps Flint Schools

Walmart Turns to IIoT for High-Tech Grocery Store Distribution Center

Walmart announced it will open a fresh and frozen food grocery distribution center by 2020 in California that relies on IIoT technology, according to a blog post on the company’s website Thursday.

“A computer algorithm shows all the cases ordered for a given store and determines how to palletize them to maximize the space on a pallet or trailer. It also takes into account density – what’s crushable, what’s not.”

That means it will know not to stack pumpkins on top of egg crates.

Walmart says the new distribution center will be able to move products 40 percent faster than a traditional center.

Workers will be able to build “more flexible, dense” pallets, which means more products will be able to fit into a truck. That drops transportation costs and creates savings that Walmart says it will pass on to customers.

Walmart said the new center will create hundreds of jobs, many of them “technology-related or STEM jobs.”

CMU alumna’s AI System Spots Medical Issues Doctors Miss

Pattern recognition is a major strength in the field of artificial intelligence.

Carnegie Mellon University alumna Shinjini Kundu designed 3D Transport-Based Morphometry, a computer program intended to help medical professionals detect subtle signs of disease in X-rays and other medical images, according to CMU

“As imaging machines have only gotten better, I wondered whether there could be subtle information important for disease recognition that was eluding human detection,” Kundu said. “I thought that if we could find hidden patterns, they may indicate emergence of disease in a way we hadn’t been thinking about. That was the motivation behind 3D TBM.”

For example, Kundu studied whether the program could detect the onset of osteoarthritis within a three-year window by examining changes in the cartilage of the knee.

It produced an accuracy rate of 86 percent.

Elon Musk Invests in Smart Drinking Water Fountains for Flint Schools

In case you missed it, the City of Flint and Flint City Schools announced this month that Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation donated $480,350 to purchase smart water fountains for all Flint schools.

Murdock Manufacturing Company and GrayMatter “will provide the new water stations and the filtration technology embedded in the units,” the news release said.

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity and the budding partnership between Flint Community Schools, the Musk Foundation and Elon Musk,” said Derrick Lopez, Flint Community Schools Superintendent. “The new water filtration systems will be instrumental in helping our students return to the normalcy of what should be a fundamental right: having access to safe, clean water from water fountains in their school.”

News coverage of the donation has come from CNNHuffington Post, MLive.com, and many others.

Jeremy Boren

Jeremy is GrayMatter's Brand Manager and the author of TechHub and the emPOWERUP Podcast. He writes about digital solutions, trends and culture in the world of operational technology. Jeremy's background is in daily journalism. He has a passion for storytelling and enjoys highlighting the technologies and professionals taking on complex challenges in manufacturing, energy, cybersecurity and infrastructure.