A|I: The AI Times – Riding the quantum D-Wave

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Feroot Privacy takes Top Venture prize at NextAI Demo Day(BETAKIT)

During the event, over 200 investors, mentors, donors, and partners watched 15 startups pitch at Berkeley Church in Toronto.

Talkdesk nabs $100M at more than $1B valuation for its smart call centers (TECHCRUNCH)

Talkdesk, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve customer service and target mid-market and enterprise businesses, has raised $100 million in new funding from Viking Global Investors, a Connecticut-based hedge fund, and existing investor DFJ.

D-Wave launches quantum application environment (BETAKIT)

The Quantum Application Environment provides real-time access to a D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer.

How AI is helping Amazon become a trillion-dollar company(FASTCOMPANY)

An exclusive look at how AI shapes every aspect of Amazon’s business, from its warehouses full of products to your Echo smart speaker.

GoodTime raises $5 million to bring artificial intelligence into the interview process (TECHCRUNCH)

GoodTime, which ses natural language processing to link interview candidates with the right interviewers inside an organization, raised the funding from Bullpen Capital.

Facebook’s Marketplace adds AI help for buyers and sellers (ENGADGET)

It can give you price suggestions and auto-categorize items.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang calls Canada’s AI talent ‘incredible,’ a key resource (UTORONTO)

Canada has all the ingredients needed to take advantage of the coming artificial intelligence revolution – a shift that promises to supercharge the growth of a wide range of industries from transportation to health care, according to Jensen Huang, the CEO of graphics chip giant Nvidia.

Social intelligence platforms Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon to merge(TECHCRUNCH)

The goal is to create new, artificial intelligence-driven products to help brands understand consumer behavior, especially via social media.

AI startup SenseTime gets the nod in China’s drive to get ahead(FORBES)

Chinese artificial intelligence startup SenseTime is joining the big league in China with its recent appointment by the government as the fifth member of its national team. The startup joins China’s BAT — Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent — as well as voice intelligence specialist iFlyTek as central to the Chinese government’s plan to own AI of the future.

We need to build AI systems we can trust (THENEXTWEB)

Many of the expanding applications of AI may be of great consequence to people, communities, or organizations, and it is crucial that we be able to trust their output. What will it take to earn that trust?



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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