Happenings
  • Most LPs Not Planning to Adjust Private Market Allocations Amid Market Turmoil

    Apr 7, 2020

    Many VC investors came into 2020 under allocated into the asset class. They want to wait until the market stabilizes to assess if portfolios need to be rebalanced.

    More than two-thirds of about 400 LPs polled by PitchBook responded that they are not planning to change their allocation percentage to private market investments over the next six months, said James Gelfer, senior strategy and lead venture analyst at PitchBook.

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  • Apple Acquires AI Startup to Better Understand Natural Language

    Apr 3, 2020

    Apple Inc. acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence startup that developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people’s natural language.

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  • Natural Language Processing is an Untapped AI Tool for Innovation

    Apr 1, 2020

    Natural language processing (NLP) will improve processes including technology landscaping, competitive analysis, and weak signal detection

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  • Immersal maps Helsinki in city-scale AR using crowdsourcing mobile app

    Mar 30, 2020

    Last year, U.K.-based Scape showed off a city-scale AR mapping solution that promised to let mobile devices tap into 3D maps and persistent, cloud-stored digital assets ranging from AR guidance to advertisements — ambitious technology that led Facebook to acquire Scape last month.

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  • Google Cloud releases COVID-19 data sets to foster coronavirus-fighting AI models

    Mar 30, 2020

    In an effort to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is projected to infect millions of people in the U.S. alone, Google today launched the COVID-19 Public Datasets program, which will host a repository of public data sets that relate to the crisis and make them free to access and analyze.

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  • A neural network can help spot Covid-19 in chest x-rays

    Mar 25, 2020

    An open-access neural network called COVID-Net, released to the public this week, could help researchers around the world in a joint effort to develop an AI tool that can test people for COVID-19.

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  • PitchBook Analyst Note: COVID-19, the Impact on Private Markets

    Mar 16, 2020

    This analyst note assesses what’s in store for PE and VC firms in the wake of recent market volatility and an impending economic slowdown.

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  • How Baidu is bringing AI to the fight against coronavirus

    Mar 13, 2020

    Scientific and medical communities worldwide are using AI to understand and contain Covid-19, treat infected patients, and ultimately develop vaccines that prevent future outbreaks.

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  • AI will be unstoppable with market value to jump 457% by 2025

    Mar 11, 2020

    The global AI software market will be an unstoppable force in the coming years, with a 457% leap in market value from 22.6 billion this year to USD$126 billion in 2025, according to Learnbonds. As a result of this, one in five workers in a non-routine job will rely on AI for at least part of their role.

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  • Google launches TensorFlow Quantum, a machine learning framework for training quantum models

    Mar 11, 2020

    Google today announced the launch of TensorFlow Quantum, bringing together machine learning and quantum computing initiatives at the company. The framework can construct quantum datasets, prototype hybrid quantum and classic machine learning models, support quantum circuit simulators, and train discriminative and generative quantum models.

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  • Issue 13 - Voice, Acoustics and Imagery Upgraded to Mission Critical

    Prior to COVID-19 crisis, business markets and technology were driving adoption of these modalities - now they are fast becoming Mission Critical.

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  • Issue 13 - Part Two - Focus

    Part Two (of Three) of our Special Report Series focuses on the technology, markets and research that form the basis of the Azafran Thesis

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