A|I: The AI Times – AI vs. the coronavirus

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Report suggests making 407 autonomous vehicle highway, other ways prepare Toronto area for autonomous future(BETAKIT)

As Canada prepares for an autonomous future, Toronto will need to scale its deployment of autonomous vehicles, according to the Toronto Region Board of Trade.


GitHub Enterprise is now free through Microsoft for Startups

“Just announced, companies in the Microsoft for Startups program will receive access to GitHub Enterprise, providing additional security, compliance & deployment controls as teams scale. They will also have access to Microsoft Power Platform which empowers startups to analyze data, build solutions, automate processes and create virtual agents.”
Adam Nanjee, Microsoft for Startups

When that ‘AI company’ isn’t really an AI company(TECHCRUNCH)

Apps that purport to connect users (“our unique AI-powered matching engine…”) with the right people or resources based on AI recommendations are a common offender.

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time(THEGUARDIAN)

A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence.

Joint Canada-UK AI initiative to dole out over $10 million CAD for research projects(BETAKIT)

Ten international research projects are set to receive approximately $5 million and £5 million from the federal government as part of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative.

RCMP’s use of Clearview AI facial recognition technology under investigation(CBC)

One day after the RCMP admitted to using controversial facial recognition technology, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner is opening an investigation into whether its use violates federal privacy law.

London-based Tractable snaps up €22.7 million to repair lives with its AI-driven accident and disaster recovery(EUSTARTUPS)

Tractable, founded in 2014, uses AI to look at photos of damage and predict repair costs, whether the accident was ‘man-made’ or from a natural disaster.

DocuSign will pay $188M to acquire AI contract startup Seal Software(GEEKWIRE)

DocuSign already resells Seal’s product as part of its DocuSign Agreement Cloud. It also previously invested in the startup this past March.

Cartesiam helps developers bring AI to microcontrollers(TECHCRUNCH)

The new NanoEdge AI Studio is the first IDE specifically designed for enabling machine learning and inferencing on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers, which power billions of devices already.

IBM and Microsoft support the Vatican’s guidelines for ethical AI(ENGADGET)

The ‘Rome Call for AI Ethics’ recommends AI that safeguards human rights.

Coronavirus reveals limits of AI health tools(WSJ)

Makers of ‘symptom checker’ chatbots struggle to update algorithms to respond to the epidemic.

Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai raises $462 million in Toyota-led funding(REUTERS)

Autonomous driving firm Pony.ai said on Wednesday it has raised $462 million in its latest funding round, led by an investment by Japan’s largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp.

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