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Library Returns Machine Utilises AI Technology

by Lee Snook on 2022-04-01T00:01:00+01:00 | Comments

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The University Library's Returns Machine has been upgraded to version 2022-04-01 to take advantage of the latest AI capabilities.

Using sophisticated algorithms embedded in RFID technology, the Returns Machine can evaluate the books on return and thank library users who have used and cared for the books well whilst they were on loan from the library collection.

University Librarian, James Anthony-Edwards said:
"We are really excited about this technology. We found some of our books were returned in a poor state, covered in coffee, food etc.  We were also aware that some books were never read and sat unopened on bookshelves until they were returned. Our upgraded machine has sensors built in and can detect both the physical condition of books and also assess how much has been read using patented 'page turning tracking technology' as they pass through the machine.
Users are rewarded on this assessment of condition and usage.  We see this new machine as a cornerstone of our responsible library use policy."
Ok, 12 noon and time to confess. We couldn't resist a bit of fun on April Fool's Day! 
The Returns machine did magically dispense chocolate bars for an hour this morning to some lucky students but has now lost its AI capabilities. 
We hope you enjoyed the fun!


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