A|I: The AI Times – The case for curious AI

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BetaKit

Google opens submissions for AI Impact Challenge

Selected organizations will receive support from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25 million pool, and credit and consulting from Google Cloud.


SILICONANGLE

Machine learning automation startup DataRobot lands $100M round

DataRobot’s funding was led by Meritech and Sapphire Ventures.


techcrunch

Spoke enhances AI engine to power help desk ticketing system

Spoke, a startup that wants to simplify the way companies add and process help desk tickets using artificial intelligence underpinnings, has enhanced its AI engine to allow for more complex queries.


bk

Good AI Capital opens Montreal office to support its $40 million USD fund

The new office will be focused on investing in early-stage AI companies.


zdnet

Microsoft to tackle AI skills shortage with two new training programs

The tech giant reveals two new training programs to boost AI-related skills in business and in universities.


engadget

Facebook open-sources its Horizon AI platform

The system has been used to personalize M suggestions, customize notifications and optimize video.


bk

Validere raises $7 million to help oil and gas companies track product quality

The round included lead investor Sallyport Investments alongside Y Combinator, Real Ventures, Moment Ventures, and ZhenFund.


techcrunch

Conversica, which uses AI to replicate sales agents, raises $31M, now valued around $300M

The Series C round is being led by existing investor Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C.


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Data startup H1 raises $6 million to develop AI tools for searching disease research

H1, a live data insights platform for diseases, raised its funding from Shore Group.


bk

FutureFit AI, Canada Learning Code receives $1 million from TD Ready Challenge

FutureFit AI, which is building a platform to re-skill and upskill the workforce, was one such startup that also got selected for the US Department of Education’s Reimagining Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge Top 25.


verge

How teaching AI to be curious helps machines learn for themselves

New research from OpenAI uses curious AI to beat video games.


vb

AppZen raises $35 million for AI expense report auditing

The funding was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Resolute Ventures.


bk

Digital health platform Think Research raises $25 million

New and existing investors include certain funds of Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, Kayne Partners, Canaccord Genuity Group, and National Bank of Canada.


techcrunch

AnyMind, which uses AI for advertising, marketing and HR, raises $13.4M

This Series B round was led by Line and Mirai Creation Fund.


 

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Amira Zubairi

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.