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Supercluster Scale AI has chosen 14 projects, invested $32 million since receiving funding

Scale AI has publicly invested more than $32 million to date into 14 projects, with the hopes of accelerating the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI).


RECOMMENDED BY MICROSOFT FOR STARTUPS:

The top 100 AI startups of 2019: where are they now?

Through the Microsoft for Startups program, companies like Element.AI are representing Canadian tech talent on the global scale. See the full list for the top 100 startups according to CrunchBase.


TechCrunch

EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper

The European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology, according to a draft proposal for regulating artificial intelligence obtained by Euroactiv.


Verbit raises $31 million for human-in-the-loop AI transcription tech

The round was led by New York-based equity growth firm Stripes, with participation from Viola Ventures, Vertex Ventures, HV Ventures, Oryzn Capital, and ClalTech.


BetaKit

Waterloo’s Brisk Synergies acquired by Transoft Solutions

Brisk Synergies, an urban mobility startup headquartered in Waterloo, has been acquired by Transoft Solutions.


Apple’s low-power AI acquisition will bolster its surging AR play

The startup’s low-power, edge-based AI tools will allow Apple to add AI features to power-constrained devices, like smart cameras or phones.


TechCrunch

Allen Institute for AI’s Incubator expands with $10M fund from high-profile VCs

The AI2 Incubator, led by Jacob Colker since its inception in 2017, has focused on launching a handful of companies every year that in some way leverage a serious AI advantage.


Retailers increasingly turn to AI for security and efficiency

Artificial intelligence (AI) is moving from cool concept toward everyday consumer reality, and signs of that innovation are increasingly appearing in the retail space.


Can an AI be an inventor? Not yet.

But some campaigners are pushing for the rules to change.


TechCrunch

Accel-backed Clockwise launches an AI assistant for Google Calendar

Time management software and daily planners put the accountability on the individual, but when you’re in several hours of meetings per day, there’s a lot that’s out of your control.


SenseTime’s AI generates realistic deepfake videos

Deepfakes — media that takes a person in an existing image, audio recording, or video and replaces them with someone else’s likeness — are becoming increasingly convincing.



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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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