A|I: The AI Times – Tech vs. the police over AI use

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IBM collaborating with University of Waterloo for quantum computing research (BETAKIT)

IBM is partnering with several universities through its IBM Q Network to further joint research in quantum computing, as well as develop programs to prepare students for careers in quantum, across science and business.

The startup behind that deep-fake David Beckham video just raised $3M (TECHCRUNCH)

The campaign has already exceeded 400 million impressions globally. But a behind-the-scenes video explains how the video was made.

Eightfold raises $28 million for AI that matches job candidates with employers (VENTUREBEAT)

The Mountain View, California-based talent platform provider today announced that it’s raised $28 million in series C financing led by IVP, with participation from Foundation Capital and Lightspeed Ventures.

Heyday.ai raises $2 million for AI-powered shopping assistant (BETAKIT)

Montreal-based Heyday, a digital shopping assistant and live chat solution, has announced the close of a $2 million oversubscribed seed round led by Innovobot.

AI monitoring store shelves at new Walmart lab (CBC)

The new retail store uses thousands of cameras and sensors to manage the store more efficiently.

AI researcher, historian among Canadian winners of $100K Killam Prize (THESTAR)

Five of Canada’s leading scholars in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to Soviet history are being honoured with the $100,000 Killam Prize.

Singapore AI startup Saleswhale raises $5.3m Series A led by Monk’s Hill Ventures (DEALSTREETASIA)

Singapore-based AI sales assistant Saleswhale has raised $5.3 million in a Series A round led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, according to a release.

Sister duo heading to Winnipeg to teach kids about artificial intelligence in agriculture (CBC)

Tech-savvy kids will be able to learn the basics of artificial intelligence in just a day, as farming educators Karen Hildebrand and Teresa Vallotton bring their AI in a Day summer camp to Winnipeg for the first time.

Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions (TECHCRUNCH)

The new round is focused on helping Audioburst further expand into advertising and in vehicles. It also precedes the company’s planned launch into Japan at the end of 2019.

OpenAI’s MuseNet generates AI music at the push of a button (THEVERGE)

MuseNet works by using a deep neural network that’s been trained on a dataset of MIDI files gathered from a range of online sources that cover jazz, pop, African, Indian, and Arabic styles of music.

Major tech firms come out against police use of AI algorithms (BLOOMBERG)

A consortium whose members include major technology firms has said that artificial intelligence algorithms should not be used by law enforcement to make decisions about jailing people.

Vue.ai raises $17M to equip online retailers with AI smarts (TECHCRUNCH)

Vue.ai, a U.S./India startup that develops an AI platform to help online retailers work more efficiently and sell more, has announced a $17 million Series B round.



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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