A|I: The AI Times – Apple’s new AI chief

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Stradigi AI partners with Berlin-based IeAD sports accelerator (BETAKIT)

The partnership will allow Stradigi AI to offer its team and expertise in AI to startups in the IeAD Sports Accelerator that are looking to develop AI-based solutions.

Salesforce Recommends: How Low- and No-Code Development Democratizes Technology (SALESFORCE)

See how new educational platforms put diversity in tech within reach.

Facebook’s AI researchers task ‘tourist bots’ with finding their way in NYC (TECHCRUNCH)

A new research paper published today by FAIR is looking to examine how AI systems can orient themselves and communicate observed data better than humans can.

Tamr raises $18 million to pair enterprise data with AI (VENTUREBEAT)

Tamr develops machine learning-powered software that unifies enterprise data by generating, in essence, an adjustable table of database contents.

Sight Diagnostics starts selling an AI-based diagnostics device for faster blood tests (TECHCRUNCH)

The company claims the compact, desktop machine — called OLO — which analyzes single-use cartridges manually loaded with drops of the patient’s blood, can deliver “lab-grade” complete blood count (CBC) tests from only a finger prick of blood.

Apple’s new AI chief now oversees Siri, Core ML, and machine learning teams (THEVERGE)

Recent hire John Giannandrea is leading all of Apple’s AI efforts now.

NextAI launching in Montreal in February 2019 (BETAKIT)

Companies selected to participate in NextAI-Montreal’s first cohort will receive up to $200,000 in seed funding for their businesses.

China’s Pony.ai raises $102M in funding round co-led by ClearVue, Eight Roads (DEALSTREETASIA)

Pony.ai, headquartered in China and the US, provides software algorithms and infrastructure for self-driving cars.

Box acquires Butter.ai to make search smarter (TECHCRUNCH)

Box has been adding intelligence to its platform for some time, and this acquisition brings the Butter.AI team on board and gives them more machine learning and artificial intelligence known-how while helping to enhance search inside of the Box product.

Meero raises $45 million to take its AI-driven photography platform global (VENTUREBEAT)

The latest round of funding was led by Alven Capital and Idinvest and brings the company’s total funding to $60 million.

Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform (TECHCRUNCH)

With the introduction of AI Suggest to its Chrome extension, users will be able to access relevant company information without needing to search for it first.

Glasswing Ventures raises $112 million for AI-focused fund (VENTUREBEAT)

The capital — which was raised over the course of 18 months from a mix of pension funds, family offices, and foundation and university endowments — will back cybersecurity and enterprise software with a machine learning bent.


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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