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UWaterloo, Microsoft partner to use AI for socially-driven projects

Microsoft has partnered with the University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute to provide funding, expertise, and Microsoft’s Azure technology to help the institute use AI for social good.



TechCrunch

MIT’s new interactive machine learning prediction tool could give everyone AI superpowers

Soon, you might not need anything more specialized than a readily accessible touchscreen device and any existing data sets you have access to in order to build powerful prediction tools.


BetaKit

Quebec’ SCALE.AI supercluster announces first four supply chain projects

The federal government is investing up to $2 million in these first projects, combined with $3.1 million in contributions from industry and other partners.


Tech in Asia

AI-backed FinTech startup Recko raises $1 million in seed funding from Prime Ventures

With the investment, the India-based company plans to expand its team, scale across verticals, and further build out the capabilities of its AI technology.


Techcrunch

Apple acquires self-driving startup Drive.ai on the brink of closure

Drive.ai, the autonomous vehicle tech startup once valued at $200 million, has been acquired by Apple as it prepared to shut down after four years.


BetaKit

BenchSci’s total funding reaches $27 million as Gradient ups investment

Toronto-based BenchSci, an AI biomedical startup, has raised approximately $6.7 million CAD in financing, bringing its total funding to $27 million CAD.


Yahoo Finance

Israeli startup NeuroBlade raises $23 million to develop AI chip

In addition to $4.5 million previously raised, the funds will be used by NeuroBlade to scale its workforce and ramp up efforts to bring its artificial intelligence chip to market.


BetaKit

Xanadu raises $32 million Series A for quantum cloud computing platform

Toronto-based Xanadu has raised a $32 million Series A round, led by OMERS Ventures. This round brings Xanadu’s total investment to $41 million to date.


TechCrunch

Cathay Innovation leads Laiye’s $35 million round to bet on Chinese enterprise IT

One startup making waves in China’s enterprise software market is four-year-old Laiye, which just raised a $35 million Series B round led by cross-border venture capital firm Cathay Innovation.


Cnet

Amazon’s future vision of AI, warehouse bots and Alexa

Amazon executives say they don’t see gloom and doom in AI and automation, noting that they continue to hire thousands more people to work alongside their warehouse bots and to create the latest machine-learning code.



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