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CanCode gives First Robotics $1.4 million to teach 85,000 people digital skills

Toronto-headquartered First Robotics, an organization that runs digital skills competitions across Canada, has received a $1.4 million investment from the federal government’s CanCode program.



TechCrunch

Samsung shuts down its AI-powered Mall shopping app in India

Samsung has quietly discontinued an app that it built specifically for India, one of its largest markets and where it houses a humongous research and development team.


Developing approaches: 8 industries AI could impact next

Artificial intelligence systems can change the way companies see data. Here are some potential changes to watch for.


March Capital leads $38M Series C funding in AI startup Uniphore

Chennai-based conversational AI startup Uniphore Software Systems has raised $38 Mn in a Series C funding round.


BetaKit

Manulife another Canadian bank using Kasisto’s AI tech

Powered by KAI, MAI shares insights into customer spending habits, tracks account balances, locates nearby ATMs, and answers personal finance questions.


Techcrunch

Kabbage secures $200M to fuel its AI-based loans platform for small businesses

Kabbage, the AI-based small business loans platform backed by SoftBank and others, is adding more firepower to its lending machine.


Artificial intelligence hype meets reality: Eye on AI

Despite all the hype about artificial intelligence, most executives expect that it will take years before the cutting-edge technology gives their businesses a financial lift.


BetaKit

BlackBox, Age of Minds join Centech’s AI accelerator program

Montreal-based accelerator AI@CENTECH has selected the five startups to be participating in its first cohort, two of which are Canadian.


Alberta’s artificial intelligence sector to continue its wait for cash

Alberta’s nation-leading artificial intelligence sector will have to wait to find out whether or not $100 million in promised provincial funding will be coming its way.


TechCrunch

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M

The round was led by Aspect Ventures (the female-led firm that puts a notable but not exclusive emphasis on female-founded startups) with participation also from Slack, by way of its Slack Fund.



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