A|I: The AI Times – Time for AI to grow up?

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Canadian government invests $2.5 million in University of Alberta AI-supercomputing hub

The Government of Canada has announced $2.5 million in funding for the University of Alberta to establish an artificial intelligence-supercomputing hub for academic and industry collaboration.


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AI can’t just play video games all day if it’s ever going to grow up

Until the algorithms can cope with a small dose of complexity, they certainly won’t be able to fare in more dynamic environments.


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DHL will invest $300 million to quadruple robots in warehouses in 2019

Robotic process automation and software made to reduce workflow interruptions will also play a role.


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Blue J Legal raises $9.3 million CAD to expand legal platform to the US

The round was led by Relay Ventures, with participation from US-based LDV Partners, and returning investors BDC Capital and Mistral Venture Partners.


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Banuba raises $7M to supercharge any app or device with the ability to really see you

What if, for instance, Amazon’s Alexa couldn’t just hear you? What if it could see you and interpret your facial expressions or perhaps even your mood?


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Canada needs comprehensive AI policy framework

To fully embrace the opportunities that artificial intelligence represents, and to adequately prepare us for its challenges, we need a comprehensive evaluation of the laws and practices that govern this space.


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Qualcomm Ventures launches $100 million AI fund

Qualcomm Ventures today announced the creation of AI Fund, a program to invest up to $100 million in promising startups.


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Amazon debuts a scale model autonomous car to teach developers machine learning

Amazon today announced AWS DeepRacer, a fully autonomous 1/18th-scale race car that aims to help developers learn machine learning.


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Outside Toronto: the unsung Canadian cities leading AI innovation

While Toronto deserves its place at number one when it comes to Canadian innovation, the rest of the country has been gaining ground in the field of AI research and development.


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Canada risks losing its artificial intelligence edge as adoption lags and the tech goes mainstream

Canada is only narrowly ahead of Brazil in AI adoption, and behind the rest of the surveyed countries, including the United States, China and the United Kingdom.


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AI startup Wave Computing raises $86M, plans new HQ in Campbell

Artificial intelligence startup Wave Computing Inc. this week raised $86 million in a Series E round and unveiled plans to move into new headquarters in downtown Campbell.


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Former MIT and Google researchers raise $5.3M for ‘artificial intelligence compiler’ startup Canotic

Canotic helps enterprise companies apply AI and machine learning to unstructured datasets without the need for top data scientists.


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Ottawa smart grid startup BluWave-ai raises more than $1M in pre-seed funding

Ottawa’s BluWave-ai, founded roughly a year ago, has raised more than $1 million in pre-seed funding for its smart-grid solution.


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Digital Finance Institute announces FinTech and AI Awards winners

The Digital Finance Institute has announced the winners of its 4th annual Canadian FinTech and AI Awards, which recognize banks, innovators, investors, advisory firms and law firms, FinTechs, impactors, and thought leaders across Canada.


 

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.