A|I: The AI Times – Amazon introduces Kendra

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CIFAR launches 14 AI research projects to help in fight against COVID-19 (BETAKIT)

CIFAR is launching 14 projects as part of its artificial intelligence (AI) and COVID-19 Catalyst Grants Program.


NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience

“We are thrilled to serve as the official AI partner of the NBA,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together, we’ll bring fans closer to the game and players they love with new personalized experiences powered by Microsoft Azure.”

Sony shows off first combination image sensor and AI chip (TECHCRUNCH)

Sony has developed an interesting new hybrid technology: An image sensor with AI processing system built into the hardware, making it a single integrated system.

RPA startup FortressIQ raises $30 million (VENTUREBEAT)

The round comes after the formation of a partnership with Microsoft and a new integration with Power Automate, Microsoft’s workflow automation creation platform, which rebranded and relaunched last November.

Austin AI startup raises millions for restaurant ordering technology (AUSTIN INNO)

ConverseNow Technologies Inc., an Austin startup that uses artificial intelligence to help restaurants automate and personalize customer orders, has closed a $3.25 million seed funding round.

Ziva Dynamics raises $9.8 million CAD for character creation technology (BETAKIT)

Ziva Dynamics, a startup that develops character simulation software for the film and entertainment industry, has raised a $9.8 million CAD seed round.

Amazon releases Kendra to solve enterprise search with AI and machine learning (TECHCRUNCH)

Amazon is trying to change the enterprise search game by putting it into a more modern machine learning-driven context to use today’s technology to help you find that perfect response just as you typically do on the web.

Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

Government expands BCAP, announces COVID-19 support for Canada’s largest employers (BETAKIT)

The federal government announced Monday it will provide new emergency financing to large and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kustomer acquires Reply.ai to enhance chatbots on its CRM platform (TECHCRUNCH)

Kustomer, which has raised more than $170 million and is now valued at $710 million (per PitchBook), said it is not disclosing the financial terms of the deal.

Immunai raises $20 million for AI that predicts immune response (VENTUREBEAT)

Immunai was founded in December 2018 by CEO Noam Solomon, an ex-Harvard and -MIT postdoctoral researcher, and CTO Luis Voloch, a fellow MIT graduate and former machine learning engineer at Palantir.

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