A|I: The AI Times – Building flawed AI

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#HRTechSummit says automation will change HR for the better (BETAKIT)

“It will allow us to focus more on the human side and see the human connections.”

Salesforce Recommends: The inside story on how Steelworks Design is leveraging tech to streamline its manufacturing process (SALESFORCE)

“Designing” better customer service has never been easier thanks to smarter tech tools that allow companies like Steelworks Design stay efficient, scale quickly and offer seamless, consistent and professional customer experience.

Tech companies just woke up to a big problem with their AI (QZ)

Tech companies are beginning to accept that the artificial intelligence they’re building their futures on could be flawed.

U of T grad’s AI startup raises US $1.5 million to accelerate cancer drug discovery (UOFT)

Phenomic AI, the startup develops computer vision tools for a faster and more accurate analysis of microscopy data, has raised $1.5 million (USD).

ApplyBoard raises $17 million to improve int’l student applications with AI (BETAKIT)

The company says that pre-vetting applications and advising students in the Visa process results in a 95 percent acceptance rate.

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us (WEFORUM)

Malong Technologies suggests a way to look beyond competition among nation-states.

Cerebri AI raises $5M Series A round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund (TECHCRUNCH)

Cerebri allows its users to combine data from a variety of sources and then uses its machine learning models to predict what will work best for this customer.

Amazon, Microsoft, and Comcast back Tact.ai in $27 million funding round to expand its sales platform (VENTUREBEAT)

Tact.ai’s eponymous Tact Assistant leverages AI to unify disparate sales tools, like LinkedIn, Microsoft Office 365, email, calendars, address books, and Salesforce.

Enterprise AI application provider Noodle.ai raises $35M in Series B (FINSMES)

The round, which brings Noodle.ai’s total funding to $51 million, was led by Dell Technologies Capital with participation from previous investor TPG Growth.

Social SafeGuard scores $11M to sell alerts for brand-damaging fakes (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by AllegisCyber and NightDragon Security.

CashShield raises $20 million to help companies fight fraud with AI (VENTUREBEAT)

The latest round of funding was led by Temasek and GGV Capital and included money from previous investors, including Nest cofounder Tony Fadell, Wavemaker Partners, and Tao Zhang.

Breach avoidance platform Balbix raises $20M in Series B funding (FINSMES)

Balbix’s breach avoidance platform leverages deep learning and other advanced AI algorithms to continuously gather and analyze data about an enterprise’s massive attack surface to produce relevant insights for different stakeholders.

Waterloo’s Applied Brain Research named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer (BETAKIT)

Applied Brain Research was selected alongside 60 other early-stage companies from around the world.

AI-fueled market intelligence firm Signal Media takes $16M to tackle more targets (TECHCRUNCH)

The UK startup uses machine learning techniques to filter through external information at scale — generating real-time insights for its customers, including for reputation management and decision support purposes.

Atomic Reach raises $3.4 million bridge round to help marketers improve copy with AI (BETAKIT)

The funding was raised from existing shareholders, angel investors, and funds managed by Fidelity Investments Canada.


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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