The year I was born, Arnold Schwarzenegger popularized the phrase, “I’ll be back,” in his starring role as a cyborg assassin sent back in time to ensure the eventual triumph of machines over humanity. For many millennials like myself, the villainous system known as Skynet in “The Terminator” was our first introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), and we’ve been ruing the day when robots will rule the world ever since. The reality of AI, however, is much less sinister.

AI is all around us. From our email spam filters to navigational apps like Google Maps, we interact with it every day. As this constantly evolving technology takes a more prominent role in our lives, its application is increasingly becoming verticalized, allowing many companies to tailor products to specific industries. In the convenience retail industry, this is most evident at the pump.

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