A|I: The AI Times – Uber’s next generation of AI algorithms

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Uber says its sticking to its own timelines for autonomous vehicle testing in Canada (BETAKIT)

“There is no algorithm out there for doing self-driving cars at scale. We are developing the next generation of AI algorithms.”

Kite raises $17 million for its AI-powered developer environment (VENTUREBEAT)

The funding was led by Trinity Ventures.

World Economic Forum 2019: Canada solidifies deals with Nokia and Seimens, and makes AI security a priority (BETAKIT)

“Together, we will enable a digital future powered by cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, transforming Canada’s industries, cities, and local communities.”

Waterloo’s Aeryon Labs acquired by FLIR Systems for $265 Million CAD (BETAKIT)

“This acquisition, coupled with our acquisition of Prox Dynamics in 2016, greatly increases our unmanned systems solutions capabilities.”

Zingle raises $11 million to unify hotel messaging services (VENTUREBEAT)

The company also revealed that it has completed its acquisition of Philadelphia-based Presto AI, a hospitality-focused computational linguistics and data science startup, and that it recently expanded its executive team.

Contentsquare, the digital experience insights platform, raises $60M Series C (TECHCRUNCH)

Contentsquare has developed an AI engine to analyse behavioural data and offer automatic insights.

AI equipment failure prediction company Augury raises $25M, acquires Alluvium (SILICONANGLE)

Augury provides industrial parks IoT sensors that can be attached directly to equipment, which then streams real-time information about the physical status of the machines.

Ottawa prepares driverless car test track, first of its kind in North America (BETAKIT)

Ottawa is preparing to open a 16-kilometre test track for autonomous vehicle technologies in the former location of the now-abandoned Ottawa Biotechnology Incubation Centre.

How AI is changing photography (THEVERGE)

Cameras’ biggest recent advancements have come from AI, not sensors and lenses.

NumberAI raises $10.5 million to add texting intelligence to business landlines (VENTUREBEAT)

The funding was led by Costanoa Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Google’s AI-focused Gradient Ventures fund.

IBM builds a more diverse million-face data set to help reduce bias in AI (TECHCRUNCH)

Encoding biases into machine learning models, and in general into the constructs we refer to as AI, is nearly inescapable — but we can sure do better than we have in past years. IBM is hoping that a new database of a million faces more reflective of those in the real world will help.



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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