A|I: The AI Times – Should Canada welcome more robots into its workforce?

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BetaKit

Communitech announces $1 million AI prize for True North 2019

The solutions developed through this competition should provide the foundation for a new product or company.


venturebeat

Volvo’s first commercial self-driving trucks will be used in mining

The Swedish automotive company has signed a deal with Norwegian mine Brønnøy Kalk to transport limestone along five kilometers of roads and tunnels from the mine to a nearby port using self-driving trucks.


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RBC #FutureMakers will explain how to build the foundation for quantum tech November 28

Tickets are free using the code BetaKit_FM.


engadget

Apple buys privacy-minded AI startup Silk Labs

Silk Lab’s focus on privacy may have been a draw for Apple: the startup says its algorithm only sends “key” video moments to the cloud, instead of a constant stream, and that it anonymizes data on its Silk Intelligence platform.


mittech

One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future

Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk of an AI arms race and make the technology more accessible to the developing world.


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ISARA raises $13 million to build solutions for quantum threats

ISARA’s mission is to awareness of quantum threats, and design and implement quantum-safe solutions that will work globally.


torstar

We should welcome our new robot overlords, think tank argues

Canada should do more to welcome robots into its workforce as it lags behind East Asia in automation, according to a new report from a technology think tank.


techcrunch

China’s Geek+ raises $150M to build robots for warehouses and logistics

The round was led by Warburg Pincus, with participation from other shareholders including Volcanics Venture and Vertex Ventures.


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Where the brain turns quality and quantity into value

Researchers have pinpointed a part of the human brain responsible for “on-the-fly” decision-making. According to the findings published in JNeurosci, the anterior cingulate cortex integrates disparate information about the desirability and amount of an option to inform choice.


techcrunch

SoftBank’s Deepcore and accelerator Zeroth team up to hunt early-stage AI opportunities

The two seem complementary, with Deepcore focused on starting new ventures and investing in AI companies more generally, while Zeroth operates Asia’s first accelerator program targeted at AI and machine learning startups.


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DiDi launches labs in Toronto, expanding global research network to Canada

The new DiDi Labs in Toronto, which will focus on research into intelligent driving and artificial intelligence, will be led by Jun YU, Senior Vice President of DiDi and chair of DiDi’s Product & Design Committee.


techcrunch

Wluper, a London-based startup building a better conversational AI, picks up $1.3M seed

Wluper’s “conversational AI” is initially targeting navigation products with what it describes as “goal-driven dialogue” technology that is designed to have more natural conversations to help with various navigation tasks.


 

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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.