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Scale AI, partners invest $29 million into five artificial intelligence projects (BETAKIT)

Five projects have received $29 million in funding from Scale AI and a number of companies to support the implementation of artificial intelligence.


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Instrumental raises $20M to scale its AI-powered manufacturing tech (TECHCRUNCH)

Instrumental, a startup that uses vision-powered AI to detect manufacturing anomalies, announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B led by Canaan Partners.


A new neural network could help computers code themselves (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

The tool spots similarities between programs to help programmers write faster and more efficient software.


AI is all the rage. So why aren’t more businesses using it? (WIRED)

A big study by the US Census Bureau finds that only about 9 percent of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition — for now.


AI home gym equipment startup Tempo raises $60 million (VENTUREBEAT)

In addition to bolstering its go-to-market efforts, Tempo says it will use the funds to expand its content offering with a second production studio.


At Ford factories, Boston Dynamics’s robot dog Spot is teaming up with a new robotic friend (FAST COMPANY)

Through its new robotic collaborations, the infamously creepy dog-shaped robots could soon ride on wheels and launch their own drones.


Startup and academics find path to powerful analog AI (IEEE SPECTRUM)

University of Montreal AI expert Yoshua Bengio, his student Benjamin Scellier, and colleagues at startup Rain Neuromorphics have come up with way for analog AIs to train themselves.


ComplyAdvantage nabs $50M for an AI platform and database to detect and stop financial crime (TECHCRUNCH)

The plan will be to use the funding for hiring, to invest in the tools it uses to detect entities and map the relationships between them and to bring on more clients.


The AI Foundation raises $17 million to create digital AI-powered personas (VENTUREBEAT)

A spokesperson said the funds will be used to scale the company’s platform, which allows people to create a digital persona that mirrors their own.


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