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Vector Institute, U of T “redouble efforts,” invest in new deep learning faculty

The Vector Institute and U of T plan to hire three new tenure-stream faculty to be focused on deep learning, following eight new faculty joining Vector.


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Female Founders Competition

We’re so excited to announce our 2nd Female Founders Competition opens today! We’re partnering with Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures and Mayfield to invest in female-founded B2B startups. Submissions will be accepted from 10/17 – 12/15.


TechCrunch

AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets

DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets.


Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game

The US criminal legal system uses predictive algorithms to try to make the judicial process less biased. But there’s a deeper problem.


BetaKit

Chata Technologies raises $4.5 million, announces commercialization of new product

Calgary-based conversational AI startup Chata Technologies Inc. has raised a $4.5 million CAD seed round.


Clothing-focused AI startup Infimind raises over USD 14 million in Series A led by Sequoia

The firm serves clients including JD.com, Xiaohongshu and Plum, and predicts profitability by the end of the year.


BetaKit

Two Canadian startups receive grants from Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility initiative

iMerciv and Balance for Autism have been named as grantees of Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility initiative, a $25 million, five year grant program.


Quantemplate raises over $12 million for machine learning insurance and reinsurance data solutions

The raise brings the New York- and London-based company’s total raised to over $25 million, which CEO David Lundgren said will fuel R&D and customer acquisition as Quantemplate grows its global sales and marketing teams.


TechCrunch

Healx raises $56M Series B to use AI to find treatments for rare diseases

Healx, a Cambridge, U.K.-based startup using AI to help discover new treatments for rare diseases, has raised $56 million in Series B funding.


BetaKit

Techstars Montreal AI announces 10 companies selected for second cohort

The Techstars Montreal AI accelerator has announced the 10 startups joining its second cohort.


AI in health care: Capacity, capability, and a future of active health in Asia

To address a critical gap in health-care resources, the region is becoming a center of innovation in health-care artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation.


BetaKit

BMO invests $5 million in U of T lab combining AI and the arts

BMO is investing $5 million in a new University of Toronto called the BMO Lab for Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies, and AI.


TechCrunch

Zoho launches Catalyst, a new developer platform with a focus on microservices

Zoho isn’t following in the footsteps of Google or Amazon here and offering a relatively unopinionated platform for running virtual machines and containers. Indeed, it does nothing of the sort.



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