A|I: The AI Times – Canada’s space strategy

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Here’s a breakdown of Canada’s Moon-focused space strategy (BETAKIT)

Canada’s vision for space is to become a “leader in exploration, science, and innovation and deliver the socio-economic benefits to all Canadians,” states the strategy.

Functionize raises $16 million to automate software testing with AI (VENTUREBEAT)

The funding was led by Canvas Ventures.

Miovision partnerships expand its smart city vision to Maritimes and US (BETAKIT)

Miovision, based in Kitchener, creates solutions designed to improve the mobility and liveability of cities as they become more congested.

Google’s Duplex AI now makes reservations in 43 states (ENGADGET)

The funding comes from Recruit Holdings and Romulus Capital, with participation from I2BF Global Ventures, EG Capital, and Brainchild Holdings.

New federal directive looks to increase automated decision making in government (BETAKIT)

“Artificial intelligence gives government an invaluable opportunity to improve services to Canadians,” said MP for Markham-Stouffville Jane Philpott (just hours before she abruptly resigned her cabinet position as Treasury Board president).

HealthJoy raises $12.5M Series B to help employees make the most of their healthcare benefits (TECHCRUNCH)

HealthJoy, which wants to help with a health benefits platform that uses AI to answer questions, raised the funding from U.S. Venture Partners and others.

Cisco invests $15 million in Calgary and Vancouver tech sectors (BETAKIT)

With the investment, Cisco plans to expand its team in Calgary and Vancouver with a focus on the creation of jobs in artificial intelligence.

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership (TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

In spite of tensions with the US and its allies, Huawei is rapidly building a suite of AI offerings unmatched by any other company on the planet.

Forty percent of ‘AI startups’ in Europe don’t actually use AI, claims report (THEVERGE)

Companies want to take advantage of the AI hype.

PolyAI scores $12M Series A to put its ‘conversational AI agents’ in contact centres (TECHCRUNCH)

The round was led by Point72 Ventures, with participation from Sands Capital Ventures, Amadeus Capital Partners, Passion Capital, and Entrepreneur First.



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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