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

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Google opens submissions for AI Impact Challenge (BETAKIT)

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.

Machine learning automation startup DataRobot lands $100M round (SILICONANGLE)

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

Spoke enhances AI engine to power help desk ticketing system (TECHCRUNCH)

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.

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

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

Microsoft to tackle AI skills shortage with two new training programs (ZDNET)

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

Facebook open-sources its Horizon AI platform (ENGADGET)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

How teaching AI to be curious helps machines learn for themselves (TEHVERGE)

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

AppZen raises $35 million for AI expense report auditing (VENTUREBEAT)

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

Digital health platform Think Research raises $25 million (BETAKIT)

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

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

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



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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