A|I: The AI Times – Facing the invisible


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Boast.ai raises $30 million from Radian Capital to “revolutionize” R&D tax credit market (BETAKIT)

Vancouver-based software startup Boast.ai has secured $30 million CAD in Series A equity financing from growth equity firm Radian Capital.


Why San Francisco-based VC Hustle Fund Is Betting Big on Canada

“At Hustle Fund, we’re convinced that Canada is positioned well to produce some of the largest, category-defining companies on the planet. We’re eager to fund these companies, and excited to partner with Hockeystick to identify these opportunities!” – Eric Bahn (General Partner)

Since launch, Hockeystick has made over 6000 funder recommendations to Canadian startups. Learn how startups are using technology to meet funders around the world.

Uber sells ATG self-driving business to Aurora at $4 billion (REUTERS)

This marks a major drop in valuation for ATG, as it raised $1 billion from a consortium of investors including Toyota Motor Corp and SoftBank Group Corp at a valuation of $7.25 billion last year.

Techstars Montreal AI’s 2020 Virtual Demo Day showcases latest cohort (BETAKIT)

Techstars Montreal AI 2020 held a Virtual Demo Day to showcase 10 artificial intelligence startups.

Mila, IBM collaborating on open-source AI and machine learning project (BETAKIT)

Mila and IBM have teamed up to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research using open-source technology.

AI needs to face up to its invisible-worker problem (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Many of the most successful and widely used machine-learning models are trained with the help of thousands of low-paid gig workers.

Pilots over pitches: how to accelerate growth through corporate-startup collaboration (BETAKIT)

Highline Beta CEO Marcus Daniels argues that the “always be pitching” mantra is the wrong one for startups looking to scale.

Congress is finally backing a national AI strategy (PROTOCOL)

The lower chamber is poised to vote in favor of a resolution to create a national AI strategy, the culmination of years of research and months of rapid-fire negotiations across six congressional committees.

AppDirect megadeal casts long shadow over Montréal startup funding in Q3 2020 (BETAKIT)

Montréal’s tech funding dipped in the third quarter of 2020, propped up by one megadeal into a locally-born but now US-headquartered e-commerce startup.

Quantum computers will create better versions of Alexa and Siri (SIFTED)

Cambridge Quantum Computing has built a “meaning-aware” natural language processing system on a quantum computer.

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