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BetaKit

Nomz, Crescendo named outstanding ventures at NEXT Canada Venture Day

NEXT Canada said that this year, 23 companies participated in Next 36, while 20 companies participated in Next Founders.


techcrunch

Observe.AI raises $8M to use artificial intelligence to improve call centers

The funding round was led by Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from MGV, Liquid 2 Ventures, and Hack VC.


theverge

Bots didn’t flop; they just became invisible 6s

The great bot hype cycle of 2016 is over, but work continues behind the scenes, says Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe.


betakit

Transport Canada spending $2.9 million to prepare the country for self-driving cars

The funding is being released under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System.


venturebeat

Y Combinator will expand to China with Qi Lu as CEO

YC China will have its own CEO: artificial intelligence champion Qi Lu. The former Baidu and Microsoft executive will also act as head of YC Research, which will open offices in Seattle.


techcrunch

Intel buys deep-learning startup Vertex.AI to join its Movidius unit

“With this acquisition, Intel gained an experienced team and IP to further enable flexible deep learning at the edge. ”


bk

A look at the architecture firm designing offices for Shopify, Element AI, and Klipfolio

Linebox initially began as an architecture firm designing residential houses and restaurants, but the company recently moved into the high-tech sector.


mittech

Intelligent Machines Google just gave control over data center cooling to an AI

In a first, Google is trusting a self-taught algorithm to manage part of its infrastructure.


motherboard

OpenAI Is Beating Humans at ‘Dota 2’ Because It’s Basically Cheating

AI defeating human players at ‘Dota 2’ is impressive, but it was only possible thanks to significant guardrails and an inhuman advantage.


techcrunch

Klarity uses AI to strip drudgery from contract review

Klarity, a member of the Y Combinator 2018 Summer class, wants to automate much of the contract review process by applying artificial intelligence, specifically natural language processing.


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Amira Zubairi

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.