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AlayaCare, Dialogue among projects receiving $3.4 million from Scale AI supercluster (BETAKIT)

Quebec-based Supercluster Scale AI has invested $3.4 million into eight projects that have passed all the stages of analysis and approval.


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NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience

“We are thrilled to serve as the official AI partner of the NBA,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together, we’ll bring fans closer to the game and players they love with new personalized experiences powered by Microsoft Azure.”


Invisible AI uses computer vision to help (but hopefully not nag) assembly line workers (TECHCRUNCH)

“Assembly” may sound like one of the simpler tests in the manufacturing process, but as anyone who’s ever put together a piece of flat-pack furniture knows, it can be surprisingly (and frustratingly) complex.


Finger Food Advanced Technology acquired by Unity Technologies (BETAKIT)

Finger Food Advanced Technology Group (ATG), which builds custom tech solutions using AI, AR and VR, and blockchain, has been acquired by Unity Technologies.


Tencent-backed Chinese AI startup Enflame raises nearly $100m Series B funding (DEAL STREET ASIA)

Chinese AI cloud computing platform Enflame Technology announced on Thursday the completion of a 700 million yuan ($99 million) Series B funding round led by investment firm SummitView Capital.


Fredericton’s Potential Motors raises $2.5 million seed round (BETAKIT)

Potential Motors, a startup based in Fredericton that uses AI to improve vehicle safety and performance, has raised a $2.5 million CAD seed round.


Watson’s creator wants to teach AI a new trick: common sense (WIRED)

Ferrucci and his company, Elemental Cognition, hope to fix a huge blind spot in modern AI by teaching machines to acquire and apply everyday knowledge that lets humans communicate, reason, and navigate our surroundings.


SAM raises $3.6 million for platform that helps spot global crises (BETAKIT)

SAM, a startup that aims to spot early signals of emerging risks and potentially threatening situations with data, has raised $3.6 million.


Omilia raises $20 million for AI customer service chatbots (VENTUREBEAT)

Founder and CEO Dimitris Vassos says the capital will help strengthen Omilia’s go-to-market efforts as it eyes expansion in North America and Western Europe.


Boosted.ai raises $11.2 million CAD Series A led by Portag3 Ventures (BETAKIT)

Boosted.ai, a machine learning platform for global investment professionals, has closed an $11.2 million CAD Series A financing round.


ApplyBoard raises $100 million CAD, claims $2 billion ‘unicorn’ valuation (BETAKIT)

Kitchener-Waterloo-based ApplyBoard has raised a $100 million CAD Series C round of funding, with the company claiming post-money valuation at $2 billion CAD.


An AI can simulate an economy millions of times to create fairer tax policy (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Deep reinforcement learning has trained AIs to beat humans at complex games like Go and StarCraft. Could it also do a better job at running the economy?


With $73 million CAD, Symend closes one of the largest Series B rounds in recent Alberta history (BETAKIT)

Symend has raised $73 million CAD in Series B funding for its customer engagement platform designed for financially at-risk customers.


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