A|I: The AI Times – Choosing Toronto over San Francisco

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Scale AI receives additional $23.4 million from Quebec government

With this new capital, Scale AI’s total funding commitment is more than $280 million.



TechCrunch

Lexion raises $4.2M to bring AI to contract management

Lexion was incubated at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), one of the late Microsoft co-founders’ four scientific research institutes.


Singapore-based AI startup Near raises $100M to roll out new product offerings

The startup launched Allspark, a SaaS product that enables end-to-end marketing automation for clients and partners across more than 20 countries, in 2017.


BetaKit

Landr raises $26 million CAD Series B for audio mastering platform

Landr, an AI-powered audio mastering software startup based in Montréal, has raised a $26 million Series B.


TechCrunch

Powering the brains of tomorrow’s intelligent machines

Right now, it’s still the Wild West when it comes to measuring AI chips up against each other.


BetaKit

AI Deep Dive chooses Toronto over San Francisco for AI skills course

AI Deep Dive, a three-month, full-time, retreat-style artificial intelligence course, is closing its San Francisco program, and moving to Toronto in August.


Pivot raises $17 million for AI-powered home workouts

The startup taps a combination of sensors and machine learning to count reps and track form in real time.


AI could help make robots cheaper without limiting their abilities

Transfer learning, the ability to use knowledge previously gained from one context in another, could teach cheap robots to perform as well as expensive ones.


TechCrunch

Paige details first AI pathology tech with clinical-grade accuracy in new research paper

Paige’s approach uses much larger data sets than are typically employed in AI-based diagnostics, but without the tight curation that focuses other efforts much more narrowly on specific types of cancer diagnostics.


BetaKit

Canscan, SparkCharge take home gold at Startupfest pitch competition

The two companies will each take home $100,000 from the competition’s investor judges.


The AI technique that could imbue machines with the ability to reason

Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, believes unsupervised learning will bring about the next AI revolution.


TechCrunch

AI photo editor FaceApp goes viral again on iOS, raises questions about photo library access

In this current wave of virality, some new questions are floating around about FaceApp.



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