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BetaKit

Oshawa’s Durham College launches AI research hub

The hub provides DC students and alumni opportunities to gain AI and ML skills.


RBC

Our stories – Canada is a talent haven

Find out what Canada offers to boost the tech talent ecosystem, according to theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy.


Techcrunch

Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment

Fano Labs uses speech recognition and natural language processing to help out at call centres. No, the robots aren’t taking those jobs (yet), but they are helping call centres to run more efficiently.


MIT Tech

2017: The year AI floated into the cloud

As more AI gets done on remote servers, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are dueling to see who reigns supreme (and makes the most money).


engadget

Samsung bolsters Bixby with another AI startup

Fluenty’s digital assistant can suggest smart replies and predict what you want to do next.


techcrunch

DigitalGenius raises $14.75 million Series A for AI-based customer service solution

The round was led by Global Founders Capital, with participation from MMC Ventures, Paua Ventures, and several other unnamed new investors.


bk

Quartic.ai’s Rajiv Anand: CTOs that can’t pivot daily will fail

CTOs should be prepared for a world with limited structure, the founder said.


venture beat

GV leads $25 million investment in document digitization startup Ripcord

Ripcord provides companies with robots and software for digitizing the reams of paper documents they have sitting around the office or in offsite storage facilities.


techcrunch

The AI chip startup explosion is already here

This year, an array of startups working on their own variations of hardware powering future devices built on top of AI received enormous amounts of funding. Some of these startups have nowhere near a massive install base (or have yet to ship a product) but already appear to have no trouble raising financing.


tnw

These startups use AI to “optimize” marketing messages

In a world where artificial intelligence is gaining traction and being applied in a variety of ways, is it really possible for AI to do intuitive things better than humans can, such as marketing messaging?


techcrunch

Ooma acquires AI-powered video camera platform Butterfleye for its home security service

Ooma plans to integrate Butterfleye’s camera into its Ooma Home security solution, but the company will also continue to sell the camera under its original brand.


BetaKit

Create more value than you capture: An oral history of Toronto’s product development

BetaKit’s first #longform piece tracks the last 15 years of Toronto tech.


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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.