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Can a Technology Meant to Sell Donuts Help Detect Cancer?

by | Apr 5, 2021 | MyTek Blog, Technology


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Can a Technology Meant to Sell Donuts Help Detect Cancer?Artificial intelligence (AI) is popping up everywhere — and sometimes the stories it brings along are close to science fiction. You might not even realize that Artificial Intelligence is used more than you might think and is not reserved exclusively for pop culture. A major example is that whenever you use Google as a search engine, you’re working directly with AI.

A story we would like to tell today is about an AI that was made to help out in a bakery, but has become a much bigger asset than previously imagined.

What Reasons Would A Bakery Need AI?

This AI was originally made to help bakeries in Japan speed up the check out process in their open-cafeteria style restaurants. Instead of using a human worker to scan items, the worker would tell the customer to spread their items out on the counter. The computer system then scans the item, knowing what they are based on their size and color and the associate only needs to confirm the price.

With so many different types of baked goods, it could have taken the associate a while to find them in the system and ring them up, so the AI sped the system up and limited this issue. The AI was originally known as BakeryScan and is offered in 400 different bakeries in Japan after its first appearance in 2013.

Not only can this technology change the way retail shopping is done, it has also been implemented into other projects.

This Technology Went From Pastries to Pathology

A doctor from Kyoto’s Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research was watching TV when he made this connection. He thought about how cancer cells look a bit like bread loaves under a microscope and how this technology could be used in his practice. BakeryScan was then repurposed into AI-Scan.

This technology can now spot differences in cancerous urinary cells and has been adopted for many different uses. It can be used to distinguish different types of pills, can be used to differentiate problematic bolts before they are used on jet engines and so much more. It has also been used by Toyota to create more effective side airbags.

Your Business and AI

AI technology is more flexible than we think and it can be used for so much. It can adapted and changed to fit projects we need even if they have no real connection.

While we can’t always implement AI technology into your business, MyTek has so many solutions to get your team exactly what it needs. Similar machine learning processes are always popping up and can be implemented into your business’ operations.

MyTek is here to help you find out. Give us a call at 623-312-2440 for a chat about your current technology and how we can help you make it better.



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Tim Tiller, LMSW

Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.


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