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

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BetaKit

Feroot Privacy takes Top Venture prize at NextAI Demo Day

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


techcrunch

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

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.


bk

D-Wave launches quantum application environment

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


fastcompany

How AI is helping Amazon become a trillion-dollar company

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


techcrunch

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

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


engadget

Facebook’s Marketplace adds AI help for buyers and sellers

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


uoft

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

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.


techcrunch

Social intelligence platforms Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon to merge

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


forbes

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

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.


tnw

We need to build AI systems we can trust

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?


 

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.