A|I: The AI Times – AI’s promise and risks

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Vector Institute doubles AI faculty with 10 new additions (BETAKIT)

Most of the new faculty will start in 2018, along with President and CEO, Dr. Garth Gibson.

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Ceres Imaging scores $2.5M to bring machine learning-powered insights to farmers(TECHCRUNCH)

Ceres Imaging’s funding round was led by Romulus Capital.

RBC’s Borealis AI institute snags Washington State University professor (BETAKIT)

Reverse brain drain: Canada is now snagging US AI talent.

Machine learning could lead to economic hypergrowth, new research suggests (CNBC)

If rapidly-improving artificial intelligence can provide the markets with innovations to improve the workplace, some jobs could see skyrocketing wage growth while others could become obsolete.

China, Russia put millions in this startup to recognize your face(BLOOMBERG)

Megvii Inc., a Chinese developer of facial-recognition technology, has raised about $460 million from investors including billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial and one of China’s largest state-backed venture funds.

Google takes aim at medtech for Launchpad Studio’s first batch of AI-focused startups(TECHCRUNCH)

Over six months, medtech startups that leverage machine learning will receive Google Cloud credits, access to datasets, and training at Google headquarters.

Why artificial intelligence should be more Canadian(TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

Canada has produced several big breakthroughs in artificial intelligence in recent years, and its government is keen to establish the country as a global epicenter of AI. The country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, also hopes that the technology will learn Canadian values as it grows up.

Finn.ai raises $3 million following ABT(BETAKIT)

Finn.ai, an AI-powered assistant used for banking and personal finance, raised the funds from Yaletown Partners, Seattle-based Flying Fish Partners, and John Livingston, former CEO and Chairman of Absolute Software (ABT).

Google’s Waymo accelerates self-driving car push with AutoNation partnership(ZDNET)

AutoNation will provide maintenance and repairs for Waymo’s self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica vehicles.

AI’s promise and risks(TECHCRUNCH)

Facebook’s chief technology officer believes AI “can solve problems that scale to the whole planet.” Elon Musk, meanwhile, contends that it poses “a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”


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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