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Kitchener-based self-driving industrial robot maker Otto Motors expands into Japan

The industrial division of Clearpath Robotics, Otto Motors produces self-driving technology and vehicles that move materials within manufacturing and warehousing facilities. Altech is a trading company that imports advanced machinery and equipment from Europe and the US to support Japanese industrial companies.


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GitHub Enterprise is now free through Microsoft for Startups

“Just announced, companies in the Microsoft for Startups program will receive access to GitHub Enterprise, providing additional security, compliance & deployment controls as teams scale. They will also have access to Microsoft Power Platform which empowers startups to analyze data, build solutions, automate processes and create virtual agents.”
Adam Nanjee, Microsoft for Startups


TechCrunch

Do AI startups have worse economics than SaaS shops?

Core to the argument presented is that while founders and investors are wagering “that AI businesses will resemble traditional software companies,” the well-known venture firm is “not so sure.”


The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world

The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive pressure eroded that idealism.


BetaKit

Today in Acquisitions: IntelliGO, Symon.AI

In the past few weeks, several companies have made announcements on acquiring Canadian technology startups. Here’s the latest on Canada’s movers and shakers.


Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials and is the first of its kind to be found by setting AI loose on vast digital libraries of pharmaceutical compounds.


TechCrunch

Aisera, an AI tool to help with customer service and internal operations, exits stealth with $50M

Quietly operating under the radar since 2017, Aisera has picked up a significant list of customers, including Autodesk, Ciena, Unisys and McAfee.


Elon Musk: Everyone, “including Tesla,” needs AI regulation

Elon Musk went on Twitter on Monday night and argued in favor of regulating artificial intelligence (AI) for all companies — including Tesla.


BetaKit

Conquest raises $3 million round with Portag3 to launch AI-powered financial planning

Financial planning FinTech startup Conquest Planning has raised $3 million CAD in anticipation of bringing its software to market sometime this year.


Google Cloud AI removes gender labels from Cloud Vision API to avoid bias

Labeling is used to classify images and train machine learning models, but Google is removing gendered labels because it violates Google’s AI principle to avoid creating biased systems.


Teikametrics raises $15M in funding

Teikametrics, a Boston, MA-based SaaS provider of AI-powered optimization for brands and sellers on Amazon and Walmart, closed a $15m strategic funding.



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