A|I: The AI Times – Google’s do-it-yourself AI kits

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AI companies must make trust part of their core mission(BETAKIT)

Georgian Partners’ VP of strategy says AI presents new challenges for trust.

BenevolentAI, which uses AI to develop drugs and energy solutions, nabs $115M at $2B valuation (TECHCRUNCH)

Benevolent AI raised the funding from Woodford Investment Management and other undisclosed backers.

Google creates DIY kits for artificial intelligence (NYPOST)

This isn’t the start of the robot uprising. It’s the start of a new “AIY” initiative at Google that will offer comprehensive DIY kits for people — mainly students — who want to experiment with and learn about different AI solutions.

Stripe debuts Radar anti-fraud AI tools for big businesses, says it has halted $4B in fraud to date (TECHCRUNCH)

The Radar service runs alongside Stripe’s core payments API to help identify and block fraudulent transactions.

How to build AI responsibly in Canada (BETAKIT)

Tackling the world’s big challenges requires both machine intelligence and human brainpower.

AI nutrition data startup Nutrino raises $10 million in funding to lead the next wave of personalized health (TECHSTARTUPS)

The seed funding was led by Pereg Ventures, Nielsen Ventures, and Gandyr Group. They joined existing investors, including the New York Angels group.

Voicera scoops up AI note-taking app Wrappup (TECHCRUNCH)

Wrappup, an AI-fueled note taking app, will be joining Voicera’s team immediately.

With this tool, AI could identify new malware as readily as it recognizes cats (TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

A huge data set will help train algorithms to spot the nasty programs hiding in our computers.

XpertSea raises $10 million to help farms use tech to track aquacultures (BETAKIT)

XpertSea’s IoT platform counts and sizes early-stage aquatic organisms such as shrimp larvae and live feed.

LawGeex raises $12M in funding (FINSMES)

Led by VC fund Aleph, with participation from previous backers, including Lool Ventures, the new round of funding will be used by LawGeex to further develop its product, and build a bigger presence in the U.S.

2018 Startup Genome report dives deep into Canada’s startup ecosystems(BETAKIT)

Edmonton, which has the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute and a Google DeepMind office, was called out for its strengths in AI.

China’s largest smartphone maker is working on an AI that can read human emotions (CNBC)

Chinese tech company Huawei wants to change the way people talk to their artificially intelligent voice assistants. The firm plans to make those conversations more emotionally interactive, according to its senior executives.

Magnet Forensics partners with Child Rescue Coalition to combat child exploitation(BETAKIT)

As part of the partnership, Magnet Forensics will provide a multi-year donation to help fund CRC’s operations.

Node snags two top AI researchers to advance AI-fueled search tool (TECHCRUNCH)

Node, an AI-driven search tool designed to surface the information that matters most to you, announced today that it was bringing on a couple of AI research heavy hitters. It also announced $5 million in additional funding.


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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