A|I: The AI Times – Religious about AI

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Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes: We need to get religious about AI before it’s too late(BETAKIT)

“As AI grows in sophistication and application, we need, more than ever, a corresponding flourishing of religion, philosophy, and the humanities.”

Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years (TECHCRUNCH)

Manufacturing giant Foxconn has said it will make a major investment in artificial intelligence-based R&D as it looks for new business growth opportunities in a cooling global smartphone market.

MIT launches MIT IQ, aims to spur human, artificial intelligence breakthroughs, bolster collaboration (ZDNET)

Perhaps the biggest takeaways from MIT IQ are that algorithms need new approaches and multiple disciplines and research areas need to collaborate to drive AI breakthroughs.

PwC MoneyTree report: Canadian tech raised $3.3 billion in 2017 as AI and FinTech stayed hot (BETAKIT)

Canadian companies raised $3.3 billion CAD across 333 deals in 2017.

ContentSquare lands $42 million so AI can track how you click, touch, and interact with brands (VENTUREBEAT)

ContentSquare’s Series B funding round was led by Canaan, with participation from existing investors Highland Europe, Erazeo, and H14.

Programmers of tomorrow: EMSB students get hands-on robotics, AI training (CBC)

The English Montreal School Board is launching five different programs to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence into the regular school curriculum.

OneEleven launches insurtech growth program with Aviva Canada (BETAKIT)

The four-month program is open to six companies that offer products relevant to the insurance industry, such as providing data and analytics, micro-insurance, FinTech and AI solutions, and new insurance products.

How Logojoy uses AI to help clients design the perfect logo(ITBUSINESS)

“The goal of Logojoy’s programming is to understand what common features are in the logos our users love,” said Logojoy CTO Rares Crisan.

Mode.ai launches ecommerce bot platform powered by computer vision (VENTUREBEAT)

Mode.ai’s offering for small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs) leverages its computer vision AI, trained by millions of images from online retailers, to create bots with both text and visual search capabilities.

More efficient machine learning could upend the AI paradigm (TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

Smaller algorithms that don’t need mountains of data to train are coming.

Voicelabs launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem(TECHCRUNCH)

Alpine.AI builds voice shopping apps for retailers by importing their catalog, layering AI technology on top to better answer consumers’ voice queries, and ultimately converting those queries to purchases.


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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