A|I: The AI Times – The wrong stick


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Food robotics startup YPC Technologies raises $1.8 million seed round (BETAKIT)

Montreal-based YPC Technologies, a food robotics company with the vision of making good food more accessible, has closed a $1.8 million seed round.


How to look past the résumé to find your next hire

In these unprecedented times, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. BetaKit has teamed up with Microsoft for Startups on a new series called Just One Thing, where startup founders and tech leaders share the ‘one thing’ they want the next generation of entrepreneurs to learn.

Valuation of quantum computer maker D-Wave slashed by more than half after company struggles to raise financing (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The US$40-million financing came as part of a capital restructuring that cut D-Wave’s valuation to less than US$170-million before the receipt of funds.

AI researchers urge tech to go beyond scale to address systemic social issues (VENTUREBEAT)

The definition of success for startups and Big Tech companies alike has long been summed up by three words: hockey stick growth.

How to make a chatbot that isn’t racist or sexist (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Tools like GPT-3 are stunningly good, but they feed on the cesspits of the internet. How can we make them safe for the public to actually use?

Today in hires: Fluent.ai, Bridgit, Jobber, Uberflip, Clearpath Robotics (BETAKIT)

Five Canadian startups have filled positions on their teams. Here’s a breakdown of who is joining and what they bring to the table.

When does predictive technology become unethical? (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)

Machine learning can ascertain a lot about you — including some of your most sensitive information.

How the racism baked into technology hurts teens (THE ATLANTIC)

Adolescents spend ever greater portions of their days online and are especially vulnerable to discrimination. That’s a worrying combination.

The NBA made it through its pandemic season, now it looks to 5G and VR in a post-Covid world (CNBC)

The National Basketball Association wants to further incorporate holograms and virtual reality courtside seat experiences as it prepares for a new future post-COVID-19.

How startups can build resilience into their business models (BETAKIT)

Wayne Cuervo, General Manager of Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Labs, offers three pillars that startups need to build resilient businesses.

Anti-bias lending software developer Zest AI lands $15M (PYMNTS)

Zest AI, which is developing software that it claims will help wring the bias out of lending, just got a multimillion-dollar vote of confidence.

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