A|I: The AI Times – The centre cannot hold

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Montreal-based law firm launches AI assistant to help people navigate Canada’s immigration process(BETAKIT)

EXEO said users can interact with IVA via Facebook Messenger in a Q&A format and learn about 25 immigration program categories.

RBC RECOMMENDS: Eight ways to think like a startup(RBC)

Startups have never been more important to the economy, job creation and social change. But you don’t need to be a version of Pied Piper, the firm at the centre of HBO’S Silicon Valley, to work like one.

Descartes Labs raises $30 million to better understand Earth with AI(VENTUREBEAT)

Descartes Labs, which takes in tons of satellite imagery and processes it to help businesses make decisions and generate predictive models, raised the Series B round from LA-based March Capital.

Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer(TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

The retail giant is taking a characteristically algorithmic approach to fashion.

Sequoia China backs AI startup Hyper Anna in AU$16M round(ZDNET)

Hyper Anna, which has created an artificially intelligent data scientist, plans to use the funding for expansion into Asia and the US.

The centre cannot hold: The shift towards decentralized systems(BETAKIT)

iNovia’s Todd Simpson says we now have the ability to build more decentralized systems, and these can create a competitive advantage.

TD Ameritrade pairs AI with human support for Facebook Messenger service(FINEXTRA)

While multiple banks have begun providing services across popular messaging platforms, TD Ameritrade’s chat bot for Messenger is augmented by live client service support.

Artificial intelligence will create new kinds of work(ECONOMIST)

AI will eliminate some forms of this digital labour—software, for instance, has got better at transcribing audio. Yet AI will also create demand for other types of digital work.

Databricks raises $140 million to accelerate AI in the enterprise(VENTUREBEAT)

Databricks, which provides software to help fuse big data and artificial intelligence, raised the funds from Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from New Enterprise Associates.

AI IN E-COMMERCE: How artificial intelligence can help retailers deliver the highly personalized experiences shoppers desire(BUSINESSINSIDER)

By mimicking the use of AI among e-commerce pureplays, brick-and-mortars can implement similar levels of personalization, according to a new report by BI Intelligence.

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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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