A|I: The AI Times – The year AI floated into the cloud

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Oshawa’s Durham College launches AI research hub(BETAKIT)

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

Our stories – Canada is a talent haven (RBC)

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

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

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.

2017: The year AI floated into the cloud(TECHNOLOGYREVIEW)

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

Samsung bolsters Bixby with another AI startup (ENGADGET)

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

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

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

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

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

GV leads $25 million investment in document digitization startup Ripcord (VENTUREBEAT)

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.

The AI chip startup explosion is already here(TECHCRUNCH)

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.

These startups use AI to “optimize” marketing messages(THENEXTWEB)

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?

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

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.

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

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


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.

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