A|I: The AI Times – Ottawa as an AI hub?

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With Vector Institute co-founder as advisor, integrate.ai wants to lead ethical AI (BETAKIT)

“It’s akin to the Shopify ambition where we want to grow a platform company, not get acquired too soon, and provide great jobs to people here.”

Salesforce Recommends: Use AI to personalize your marketing (FINANCIALPOST)

“Seventy-five percent of shoppers want personalized offers. They’re saying, ‘Surprise and delight me. Make my life better!’”

GM’s Cruise gets $2.25B from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, $1.1B from GM (TECHCRUNCH)

The investments are expected to inject enough capital into GM’s self-driving unit Cruise for the unit to reach commercialization at scale beginning in 2019.

Qure.ai can identify 15 types of chest x-ray abnormalities with 90% accuracy (VENTUREBEAT)

qXR, a chest x-ray product that can identify 15 of the most common chest x-ray abnormalities, received CE certification from the European Medical Device Directives, clearing the way for commercialization in 32 European countries.

Weights & Biases raises $5M to build development tools for machine learning (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by Trinity Ventures and Bloomberg Beta.

Avrij Analytics raises $1.2 million to help sports teams track athletes’ off-field activities (BETAKIT)

Avrij Analytics said it plans to use the funding to integrate video, photo, and text analysis capabilities.

Summit aims to establish Ottawa as AI hub (CBC)

Artificial intelligence is set to disrupt many industries, and the Ottawa area is poised to grab a slice of the action. That was the message delivered last Thursday to 550 attendees at Impact AI, the city’s first industry conference on artificial intelligence.

Chinese artificial intelligence start-up SenseTime raises $620M for its facial recognition technology (TELEGRAPH)

The latest investment in SenseTime came from Fidelity International, Hopu Capital, Silver Lake, and Tiger Global.

Bessemer launches a seed fund for startups applying machine learning to health (TECHCRUNCH)

Seeing a tremendous opportunity to leverage machine learning technologies in the healthcare industry, Bessemer Venture Partners is launching a $10 million early-stage seed program to back new startups.

IBM Q’s Dr.Robert Sutor explains the state of the quantum computing industry (BETAKIT)

“Quantum computing is not a replacement for classical computing. It helps solve some problems that classical computing just cannot handle.”

Google’s military AI drone program may be more lucrative than it said (ENGADGET)

It could net Google up to $250 million per year, the Intercept reports.

Artificial intelligence… or advanced imitation? How DeepMind used YouTube vids to train game-beating Atari bot (THEREGISTER)

“I think I’m a clone now.”


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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