A|I: The AI Times – The time to adopt AI is now

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BetaKit

Kathryn Hume joins Borealis AI as director of business development

Hume was previously VP of product and strategy at Toronto artificial intelligence startup integrate.ai.


mit

A neural network can learn to organize the world it sees into concepts—just like we do

Generative adversarial networks are not just good for causing mischief. They can also show us how AI algorithms “think.”


bk

Montreal’s Vention closes $17 million Series A, adds AI to custom manufacturing platform

Vention says its modular system can complete most custom manufacturing workflows in three days.


globe

Toronto’s SickKids announces first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence position

In 2013, SickKids began collecting and storing the data that emanate from patients in their 42 intensive-care beds. The unit now has more than two trillion data points in its virtual vault, far more than a mere mortal could make sense of. That’s where artificial intelligence, machine learning and Anna Goldenberg come in.


techcrunch

Former Facebook engineer picks up $15M for AI platform Spell

Spell, a collaborative platform that lets anyone run machine learning experiments, raised the funding from Eclipse Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures.


venturebeat

Fractal Analytics raises $200 million to boost enterprise efficiency with AI

The funding was advised by Apax Partners.


biv

The time for Canadian businesses to adopt artificial intelligence is now

Artificial intelligence has the potential to be one of the biggest game-changers of our time, and Canada is poised to become a global leader in the field – but only if the right steps are taken and the moment is seized by businesses.


ctech

Tree intelligence startup raises $15 million

SeeTree Systems, which collects and analyzes data on individual trees using drones fitted with cameras and sensors, raised the funding from Hanaco Ventures.


hbr

The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More

Companies considering how to invest in AI capabilities should first understand that over the coming five years applications and machines will become less artificial and more intelligent. They will rely less on bottom-up big data and more on top-down reasoning that more closely resembles the way humans approach problems and tasks.


 

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Amira Zubairi

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.