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Waterloo robotics startup Clearpath extends Series C with $6.6 million CAD (BETAKIT)

Clearpath Robotics has raised an additional $6.6 million CAD ($5 million USD) for its Series C round.


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Spectrum Labs raises $10M for its AI-based platform to combat online toxicity (TECHCRUNCH)

Spectrum Labs’ connection to combatting toxic political discourse is not incidental.


Omnirobotic raises $6.5 million CAD as it looks to develop industrial autonomous robots (BETAKIT)

Omnirobotic, a startup specializing in robotics automation for industrial and factory applications, has closed $6.5 million CAD ($5 million USD) in financing.


We’re not ready for AI, says the winner of a new $1m AI prize (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

Regina Barzilay, the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award, on why the pandemic should be a wake-up call.


U of T to use portion of new $250 million donation to build medical AI research centre (BETAKIT)

The university said this new centre will capitalize on the school’s strengths in AI, machine learning and deep learning.


Inside Facebook’s race to build super-smart AR glasses you’ll actually want to wear (FAST COMPANY)

The project’s chief scientist speaks about the challenges of creating a computing system that integrates with your world — in the hope that you might eventually trust Facebook enough to wear it on your face.


Victoria-based cybersecurity startup Plurilock begins trading on TSXV (BETAKIT)

Plurilock Security, a Victoria-based startup focused on behavioural-biometric cybersecurity tools has launched on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV).


The next big breakthrough in AI will be around language (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)

Companies that want to harness the power of next generation AI will shift their compute workloads from legacy to cloud-AI services like GPT-3.


BC venture funding keeps pace in Q2 2020 as deal volume continues downward trend (BETAKIT)

Tech companies in British Columbia continued to see consistent venture funding in the second quarter of 2020, despite another drop in deal volume.


Lawmakers demand scrutiny of racial bias in health algorithms (WIRED)

Four congressmembers say formulas that include race as a factor can hurt Black Americans’ access to care.


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