A|I: The AI Times – Google’s investment in Canadian AI

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Canvass Analytics raises $6.5 million CAD from Google’s Gradient Ventures (BETAKIT)

The funding is Gradient Ventures’ first lead round in a Canadian company.

One Medical raises $350 million from Carlyle Group to help double up offices and offerings (TECHCRUNCH)

One Medical is a members-only technology platform offering an array of concierge medical services, including same-day scheduling, virtual doctor visits and reminders for important checkups.

Artificial intelligence is coming for hiring, and it might not be that bad (OTTAWACITIZEN)

Identifying high-potential candidates is very subjective. People hire who they like based on unconscious biases.

#FinTechCA argues AI will prevent financial crime on crypto platforms (BETAKIT)

AI’s ability to perform advanced pattern recognition can spot if certain transactions seem suspicious.

The AI-first startup playbook(VENTUREBEAT)

Iterative Lean Startup principles are so well understood today that a minimum viable product (MVP) is a prerequisite for institutional venture funding, but few startups and investors have extended these principles to their data and AI strategy.

Robotics-as-a-service is on the way and inVia Robotics is leading the charge(TECHCRUNCH)

The team at inVia Robotics didn’t start out looking to build a business that would create a new kind of model for selling robotics to the masses, but that may be exactly what they’ve done.

Plurilock surpasses $1 million in revenue for biometric authentication software (BETAKIT)

The company raised a $3 million funding round in July.

Young Canadians are excited for AI and technology in health care, says study (MOBILESYRUP)

As far as AI in health goes, six in ten Canadians say they’re excited about the impact AI will have on health care. Additionally, they overwhelmingly embrace technology and AI in health care, according to a study by the Canadian Medical Association.

Facebook and NYU believe AI can make MRIs way, way faster (FASTCOMPANY)

Facebook is applying some of its computer vision learnings to an important application far afield from social networking.

Cootek, the Chinese maker of TouchPal keyboard, files for $100M US IPO(TECHCRUNCH)

Cootek uses its proprietary AI and big data technology to analyze language data collected from users and the Internet. Then it uses those insights to develop lifestyle, healthcare and entertainment apps.

AI is the future – but where are the women? (WIRED)

WIRED worked with Montreal startup Element AI to estimate the diversity of leading machine learning researchers, and found that only 12 percent were women.


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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