A|I: The AI Times – Is ethical AI even possible?

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BetaKit

Trudeau announces Lunar Accelerator, partnership with NASA-led Lunar Gateway

Canada will be investing $2.05 billion over 24 years towards Canada’s space program. Canada expects the investment to help grow Canadian companies by supporting the development of AI tech and widening the market for businesses.


cbc

New AI makes it harder to detect what’s real online

“Don’t assume just because there’s a picture out there, it’s real.”


vancouversun

Innovation Nation: Montreal’s AI supercluster is all about the little guy

At the heart of the Scale AI proposal is the idea that artificial intelligence systems can use such data to make better, more efficient supply chains.


techcrunch

Presto raises $30M to bring its AI platform and tabletop ordering hardware to restaurant chains

The funding comes from Recruit Holdings and Romulus Capital, with participation from I2BF Global Ventures, EG Capital, and Brainchild Holdings.


nyt

Is ethical AI even possible?

“Building ethical artificial intelligence is an enormously complex task. It gets even harder when stakeholders realize that ethics are in the eye of the beholder.”


bk

Element AI coming out of “stealth phase,” launching product with National Bank

Element AI decided to keep its head down while developing its first set of products.


engadget

Qualcomm launches its first platform made for robots

RB3 is built for always-connected bots and drones.


geekwire

Microsoft’s quantum computing network takes one giant leap at Startup Summit

“We’re looking at solving big food production problems. We think we have opportunities to solve problems around materials science, personal health care, machine learning. All of these things are possible and obtainable with a quantum computer. We have been talking around here that we’re at the advent of the quantum economy.”


techcrunch

Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI fund, leads $7M investment in English learning app Elsa

Elsa uses voice recognition and AI to grade a user’s speaking versus standard American English, giving them a score at the end to help them track their progress.


OBJ

Ottawa AI startup reDock raises $1M for rebooted proposal product

The funding was led by Anges Québec, with participation from Panache Ventures, ScaleUP Ventures, and Hustle Fund.


HinduTimes

Researchers get AI help to map ecosystem, wildlife conservation

What’s new is that AI-based technologies are catching on big time across Indian research organisations working on environment and conservation. These organisations are being backed by big-ticket funding programs such as Microsoft’s AI for Earth, a $50 million, five-year program that has eight participants from India.



 

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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.