A|I: The AI Times – The new standard

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Terramera looking to build $730 million centre focused on fighting climate change through Agtech (BETAKIT)

Terramera has revealed plans to create a $730 million centre focused on fighting climate change and strengthening the agriculture sector through technology.


Why cybersecurity is crucial for every small business (CBC)

Dell Technologies shares how all small businesses can take a proactive approach to cybersecurity.

Telus announces $1.2-billion acquisition of data service provider Lionbridge AI (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Telus Corp. announced a $1.2-billion acquisition of Lionbridge AI through its Telus International unit, as it prepares to take the division public in the first quarter of 2021.

Companies with robot workers tend to have more human workers, too, Statscan says (CBC)

Statistics Canada says domestic firms that invested in robots since the late 1990s have also expanded their human workforces, suggesting a less than “apocalyptic” result for workers overall.

Lending platform Upstart’s IPO filing reveals earnings, ownership (CRUNCHBASE)

Lending platform Upstart filed on Nov. 5 for an initial public offering with plans to raise $100 million.

Do algorithms make better — and fairer — investments than angel investors? (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)

As technology advances and the cost of building powerful algorithms through machine learning decreases, these investors will need to decide whether to incorporate AI.

This could lead to the next big breakthrough in common sense AI (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Researchers are teaching giant language models how to “see” to help them understand the world.

These factory robots may point the way to 5G’s future (WIRED)

Manufacturing, mining, and delivery firms, among others, are exploring building their own high-speed wireless networks with the new standard.

Pony.ai funding round values self-driving firm at $5.3 billion (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Pony.ai is raising $267 million in a fresh funding round that pushes the self-driving technology startup’s valuation to about $5.3 billion as it seeks to expand its customer base globally.

Ushur raises $25 million to automate customer service workflows (VENTUREBEAT)

In a press release, the company said the fresh capital would be used to accelerate its sales and marketing efforts.

Leena AI nabs $8M Series A as it expands from chatbots to HR service platform (TECHCRUNCH)

That the startup hasn’t only grown during these turbulent times, but thrived, shows that companies are looking to modernize every part of the enterprise technology stack, and that includes HR.

Willful, Cisco, and The Canadian Shield share how to lead with empathy and flexibility (BETAKIT)

Willful CEO Erin Bury, The Canadian Shield President Jeremy Hedges, and Cisco Designed’s Wayne Cuervo discuss how small businesses can survive and thrive.

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