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BetaKit

Element AI global talent report finds Canada has third-largest concentration of AI researchers

The report found 22,064 PhD-educated researchers globally capable of working in AI research and applications.


TechCrunch

ClearBrain uses AI to help advertisers target the right users

ClearBrain is part of the current class of startups at Y Combinator, and it’s also raised $1.2 million in funding from YC, Pear VC, Industry Ventures and Dan Hua Capital.


itcanada

Canada’s AI ecosystem the envy of Silicon Valley’s – if we maintain it, expat exec says

The infrastructure Canada has created for AI research is at the top of its class, but needs maintenance to remain that way, says an executive who left both New York City and Silicon Valley to work at Toronto’s Integrate.ai.


bk

Rubikloud hiring 60 people in Toronto to meet global demand for its service

Rubikloud is in the business of helping retailers migrate legacy data onto the cloud, and using that data to automate decision-making on promotions across stores, loyalty marketing, and mass promotional planning.


finsmes

Loris.ai secures $2M in seed funding

Loris.ai, which aims to help companies navigate conversations around harassment and other charged topics, raised the funding from Floodgate with participation from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Kapor Capital, and others.


betakit

TribalScale launches $100 million Venture Studios program to co-create AI and blockchain startups

The company is donating five percent of profits to Move The Dial and the Upside Foundation.


harvardbusiness

How to spot a machine learning opportunity, even if you aren’t a data scientist

Having an intuition for how machine learning algorithms work – even in the most general sense – is becoming an important business skill to set the objectives for algorithmic success.


bk

CIFAR announces advisory committee overseeing national AI strategy

CIFAR will appoint approximately 50 Canada CIFAR Chairs in artificial intelligence at three AI institutes: Amii in Edmonton, the Vector Institute in Toronto, and MILA in Montreal.


wired

Inside Amazon’s artificial intelligence flywheel

Amazon has a powerful AI flywheel, where machine-learning innovations in one part of the company fuel the efforts of other teams, who in turn can build products or offer services to affect other groups, or even the company at large.


techcrunch

Paige.AI nabs $25M, inks IP deal with Sloan Kettering to bring machine learning to cancer pathology

The funding was led by Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital and other unnamed investors.


mars

Will a robot be the next great artist?

Can a computer write a great novel, paint a masterpiece? Not yet, but algorithms are beginning to prove very helpful in humanity’s quest for creativity. And it won’t be long, some predict, before they’re making that quest on their own.


edmontonjournal

New funding from DeepMind to attract top researcher in artificial intelligence to University of Alberta

The new endowed research chair will be given full academic freedom to explore any interest that could advance the field of artificial intelligence, with the lab hoping its offer will attract a senior researcher with international renown.


betakit

RBC’s Borealis AI boosts Toronto lab with two new senior researchers

University of Waterloo professor Pascal Poupart and York University professor Marcus Brubaker will join the Toronto team.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.