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Scale AI invests $10 million to create ten AI university chairs across Canada (BETAKIT)

Scale AI is investing $10 million to support the creation of at least ten university chairs dedicated to AI across the country


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Overjet raises $7.85M for its dental-focused AI tech (TECHCRUNCH)

Overjet, a startup focused on using AI to help dentists and insurance companies understand dental scans, announced that it has raised $7.85 million in what it describes as a seed round.


L’Institut quantique becomes the first IBM Q Hub in Canada (BETAKIT)

L’Institut quantique, a research organization located at Université de Sherbrooke, is joining the IBM Q Network as an IBM Q Hub.


Volkswagen closes $2.6 billion investment in self-driving start-up Argo AI (CNBC)

The deal included $1 billion in cash and Argo taking over VW’s European self-driving unit, valued at $1.6 billion, as well as the unit’s more than 200 employees.


Tugboat Logic closes $10.8 million CAD led by Inovia Capital (BETAKIT)

Tugboat Logic, which provides automated tech for the security assurance market, has raised a $10.8 million CAD ($8 million USD) funding round.


Amazon-backed voice AI startup DefinedCrowd raises $50.5 million (SEATTLE TIMES)

DefinedCrowd, an Amazon.com-backed startup that provides data sets to train artificially intelligent speech programs, is setting its sights on a public listing in the next five years as voice interactions between humans and machines become more common.


Clearpath Robotics raises $40 million CAD Series C for industrial robot division (BETAKIT)

Waterloo-based Clearpath Robotics has raised a $40 million CAD ($29 million USD) Series C funding round.


UK’s COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge (TECHCRUNCH)

Concerns had been raised about what is an unprecedented transfer of health data on millions of U.K. citizens to private tech companies, including those with a commercial interest in acquiring data to train and build AI models.


Ontario enacts temporary change to layoff regulations to help businesses with recovery (BETAKIT)

The Ontario government announced temporary changes to labour laws, hoping to protect employees from permanent layoffs and businesses from potential closures.


How AI and smartwatches can help us cope with COVID-19 (CBC)

AI allows computer scientists to include much more information and get a clearer picture on what’s actually happening in the real world.


How tech can help during COVID-19, from a doctor who runs a startup (BETAKIT)

As part of BetaKit and DMZ’s ‘Startup Growth Series,’ Dr. Vipan Nikore of Homecare Hub shares how he’s building his company in the wake of COVID-19.


This startup is using AI to give workers a “productivity score” (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Enaible is one of a number of new firms that are giving employers tools to help keep tabs on their employees—but critics fear this kind of surveillance undermines trust.


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