New online liquor store Liquor.co.za has launched in South Africa. The digital platform caters to the need for an e-commerce portal that can service both direct-to-customer (D2C) and high-volume business-to-business (B2B) requirements, and is the result of a collaboration of expertise from key players in the liquor and entertainment industries.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
From reducing bias in product design to tackling racial injustice, more than 100 businesses, governments and non-profits on Thursday, 28 January, launched a global initiative to make artificial intelligence more ethical and transparent.
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The Global AI Action Alliance will identify tools and best practices to safely and ethically use AI, which is projected to contribute more than $14tn to the global economy by 2035.
"AI holds the potential to deliver enormous benefits to society, but only if it is used responsibly," said Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in a statement.
In the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, for example, architects are planning an AI-run development that will be lined with sensors and Wi-Fi-connected devices to gather data on everything from weather and pollution to people's eating habits.
But while AI has unleashed a wave of opportunities, from tackling diseases to improving transport, it has stirred controversy over facial recognition, automated decision-making and Covid-19 tracking, the WEF said at its virtual Davos meeting.
Rights activists point to the criminal justice system as one area where marginalised communities have been discriminated against by the use of facial recognition and algorithms.
The global alliance, which will be led by technology company IBM and data philanthropy Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, among others, will focus on educating governments, industry groups and building public trust in AI.
This will include pushing for responsible product design, reducing AI bias, ensuring underserved groups benefit, and increasing access to justice as AI is woven into judicial systems, the WEF said.
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