A|I: The AI Times – AI as a pun generator

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RBC adds AI-powered budgeting tool to its digital app(BETAKIT)

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) recently launched NOMI Budgets, a new AI-powered solution available through its mobile app.

Dell Technologies says it’s prepping customers for 5G and AI with new portfolio

Dell Technologies has unveiled a handful of new solutions aimed at equipping customers with the tech required to take advantage of “transformative” trends including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and security.

Heyday.ai raises $2 million for AI-powered shopping assistant(BETAKIT)

Montreal-based Heyday, a digital shopping assistant and live chat solution, has announced the close of a $2 million oversubscribed seed round led by Innovobot.

Toyota AI Ventures launches $100M fund to invest in robotics and autonomous tech(TECHCRUNCH)

Toyota AI Ventures, a subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute, has a new $100 million fund that will focus on finding and investing in early-stage robotics and autonomous technology startups.

Microsoft simplifies AI model creation in Azure Machine Learning(VENTUREBEAT)

Microsoft also announced the broad launch of cognitive search for Azure Search, its fully managed hosted cloud search service, which allows users to apply algorithms to extract insights from structured and unstructured content.

Prisma Labs raises $6M for its AI-powered approach to visual editing(TECHCRUNCH)

The Moscow-based team behind the app that sparked a style transfer craze in 2016 has raised a $6 million Series A, led by early stage artificial intelligence focused VC firm, Haxus.

FutureMakers Talks: Transforming Delivery with DevOps(BETAKIT)

On May 15th, FutureMakers tackles the latest developments in DevOps. Get in FREE with the code “BetaKitPROMO”.

The comedian is in the machine: AI is now learning puns(WIRED)

He’s aim is to build AI that’s natural and fun to talk to—bots that don’t just read us the news or tell us the weather, but can crack jokes or compose a poem, even tell a compelling story.

AI tech generates entire bodies of people who don’t exist(CTVNEWS)

An advanced artificial intelligence developed in Japan can now generate high-resolution, photorealistic renderings of bodies, faces, clothing and hair of people who don’t exist.

BenevolentAI starts AI collaboration with AstraZeneca to accelerate drug discovery(TECHCRUNCH)

The two organizations will begin collaboration between their respective teams to combine AstraZeneca’s genomics, chemistry and clinical data with BenevolentAI’s target identification platform and biomedical knowledge graph.


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