A|I: The AI Times – Owning the AI century

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Zoom.AI now integrating AI assistant with Microsoft Teams, Office 365(BETAKIT)

The company has been working with Microsoft for the last year and a half to support Teams and Office 365.

Four ways Canada can own the artificial intelligence century (MACLEANS)

Much of the foundational research into artificial intelligence originated in Canada, but we’ll have to work to stay a leader in the field.

Cognoa’s AI platform for autism diagnosis gets first FDA stamp (TECHCRUNCH)

Cognoa’s CEO Brent Vaughan says the company’s ultimate goal is to become a standard part of domestic health insurance-covered medical provision — and for that, FDA clearance is essential to opening the doors.

Korean AI startup Skelter Labs raises $9.3 million (READITQUIK)

Skelter Labs, which works with several businesses and enterprises in Korea to provide machine learning and AI-based solutions, raised the funding from Kakao, a Korean internet and messaging behemoth.

Braingrid raises $2.5 million to grow analytics platform for the cannabis industry (BETAKIT)

The company is working to go public on the Canadian Securities Exchange in the next 90 days.

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes (THEVERGE)

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk.

Vectra raises $36M for its AI-based approach to cybersecurity intrusion detection (TECHCRUNCH)

This round is being led by Atlantic Bridge Capital, with participation from Ireland’s Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and Nissho Electronics Corp.

Capillary Technologies raises $20 million from Warburg Pincus, others(MINT)

Capillary, which offers cloud SaaS to retail and consumer goods companies in India and abroad, plans to use the funding to strengthen product development capabilities, especially around AI and machine learning.

Borealis AI launches graduate fellowship program to create more AI talent (BETAKIT)

The program is open to both Canadian and international students.

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware (TECHCRUNCH)

Cloud support will include Xiaomi using Microsoft Azure for data storage, bandwidth and computing and other cloud services. Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s efforts in laptops and “laptop-style devices” that run Windows will be co-marketed by Microsoft.

Good News: AI is getting cheaper. That’s also bad news. (TECHCRUNCH)

The building blocks of AI are becoming more affordable and easier to work with. A new report explains why that opens the door to additional risks.


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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