A|I: The AI Times – AI arms race

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Royal Bank of Canada, Borealis AI partner with Red Hat, NVIDIA on new AI computing platform (BETAKIT)

RBC has developed its own cloud-based artificial intelligence computing platform upon which to create and maintain AI-powered banking applications.


The one book Erin Bury thinks every startup founder should read

In these unprecedented times, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. BetaKit has teamed up with Microsoft for Startups on a new series called Just One Thing, where startup founders and tech leaders share the ‘one thing’ they want the next generation of entrepreneurs to learn.

Wyze will try pay-what-you-want model for its AI-powered person detection (THE VERGE)

The feature will be free unless you decide to donate a little extra to Wyze.

AI system detects posts by foreign ‘trolls’ on Facebook and Twitter (THE GUARDIAN)

Foreign manipulation campaigns on social media can be spotted by looking at clues in the timing and length of posts and the URLs they contain, researchers have found.

I’ve worked in AI for 2 decades. This flaw in Google’s system shocked me (FAST COMPANY)

The Aible founder’s unsettling experience with Google’s advertising AI reveals the importance of ensuring there is human oversight of automated systems.

Scale AI, partners invest $29 million into five artificial intelligence projects (BETAKIT)

Five projects have received $29 million in funding from Scale AI and a number of companies to support the implementation of artificial intelligence.

An AI hiring firm says it can predict job hopping based on your interviews (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

The idea of “bias-free” hiring, already a highly misleading concept, is being used by AI recruitment firms to shirk greater scrutiny for their tools’ troubling labor issues beyond discrimination.

Apple acquires more AI startups than any other tech company (PCMAG)

Apple is leading the AI arms race by acquiring more artificial intelligence companies than Google or Amazon, but does that equal long-term success?

Toronto’s Cryptonumerics acquired by Snowflake (BETAKIT)

Toronto-based enterprise software startup Cryptonumerics has been acquired by Snowflake Inc., the California-based cloud-based data-warehousing startup that is anticipated to go public on the Nasdaq later this year.

Riiid raises $41.8 million to expand its AI test prep apps (VENTUREBEAT)

Riiid’s platform — Santa — is a mobile study aid for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) English proficiency exam.

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