A|I: The AI Times – AI chips better than your brain

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Deep Learni.ng joins the Vector Institute(BETAKIT)

DeepLearni.ng is now a Bronze sponsor of the Vector Institute, joining companies like Helpful.com, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, and integrate.ai in contributing $20,000 a year over the next ten years.

Amazon may be developing AI chips for Alexa (TECHCRUNCH)

Amazon is working on building AI chips for the Echo, which would allow Alexa to more quickly parse information and get those answers.

Oracle boosts AI capabilities for data management and more (ITPROPORTAL)

Company adds automation to “pretty much every service” it offers in major AI push.

Frank And Oak raises $20 million to invest in personalized shopping features (BETAKIT)

The company is doubling down on its online and in-store retail experiences.

Brain-like chips now beat the human brain in speed and efficiency (SINGULARITYHUB)

Move over, deep learning. Neuromorphic computing—the next big thing in artificial intelligence—is on fire.

AI pioneer Richard Sutton a keynote speaker at AccelerateAB (BETAKIT)

AccelerateAB is Alberta’s annual flagship event connecting leaders, investors, and members of the startup community.

Google’s custom TPU machine learning accelerators are now available in beta (TECHCRUNCH)

The promise of these Google-designed TPU chips is that they can run specific machine learning workflows significantly faster than the standard TPUs that most developers use today.

More B.C. women taking the lead in AI, robotics(RICHMONDNEWS)

Vancouver artificial intelligence entrepreneurs help map out the industry’s future.

NextAI expands program to Montreal as part of the AI-Powered Supply Chain Supercluster (BETAKIT)

The partnership will allow the company to bring its NextAI venture accelerator program to Montreal.

Is Canada selling out its AI future? (ITWORLDCANADA)

We have three dynamic AI centres, in Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton, backed by generous government funding. The Big Tech companies from Silicon Valley are all setting up shop here. And we have some exciting start-up companies. But can we create a Canadian AI industry?

CommonSense Robotics raises $20M for robotics tech for online grocery fulfilment (TECHCRUNCH)

CommonSense Robotics, an Israel-based startup developing AI and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers speed up fulfilment and delivery, raised the funding from Playground Global, with participation from existing investors.

KPMG FinTech report: Canada making strides to become global leader in AI (BETAKIT)

The report says that while Canada lags in FinTech adoption compared to the US, its adoption rate is still accelerating rapidly.


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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