Happenings
  • McKinsey survey: AI boosts revenue, but companies struggle to scale use

    Nov 22, 2019

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  • Is AI in a golden age or on the verge of a new winter?

    Nov 16, 2019

    The global rush forward of AI development continues at a breakneck pace and shows no signs of stopping. Stanford University recently called on the U.S. government to make a $120 billion investment in the nation’s AI ecosystem over the course of the next 10 years, and reports from France show 38% more AI startups in 2019 with government and investor backing.

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  • AI Can Detect Mental Illness Through Speech-based Mobile App

    Nov 16, 2019

    The advances in AI has enabled computers to assist doctors in detecting diseases and help keep a check on patient health remotely. Now, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) are working to leverage ML to psychiatry using a speech-based mobile app. This app can categorize patients’ mental status better than humans.

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  • Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

    Nov 15, 2019

    A bipartisan pair of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would force law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using facial recognition software to track American citizens.

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  • What Exactly Is Machine Intelligence?

    Nov 15, 2019

    Machine intelligence, artificial intelligence and machine learning are not different terms for the same thing. They’re related but distinct from each other.

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  • The Buck Starts Here: How AI Shapes The Future Of Money

    Nov 13, 2019

    For a long time, financial institutions had a buttoned-down reputation when it came to innovative thinking. Nowadays, even the most conventional and risk-averse parts of the economy are looking at Artificial Intelligence, not long ago considered an experimental, bleeding edge technology.

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  • AI helps bring voices to the voiceless

    Nov 12, 2019

    At the Voice Preservation Clinic in Boston, researchers are now using AI technology to reconstruct the voices of patients at risk of losing the ability to speak.

    According to a new report from the Guardian, the project is a collaboration between Northeastern University in Boston and VocaliD, a digital voice company. While a patient is still able to speak, they make a series of recordings that assist the researchers as they build the digital voice.

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  • AI ethics is all about power

    Nov 11, 2019

    At the Common Good in the Digital Age tech conference recently held in Vatican City, Pope Francis urged Facebook executives, venture capitalists, and government regulators to be wary of the impact of AI and other technologies. “If mankind’s so-called technological progress were to become an enemy of the common good, this would lead to an unfortunate regression to a form of barbarism dictated by the law of the strongest,” he said.

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  • A.I. Systems Echo Biases They’re Fed, Putting Scientists on Guard

    Nov 11, 2019

    Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

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  • Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

    Nov 4, 2019

    Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their home. Moreover, Apple could sell 50 million of its Airpods this year (generating $8 billion in sales) as Bluetooth earpieces explode in popularity.

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  • Issue 23 - The European VC market is so hot it may skip its summer holiday

    The startup market is having a moment around the world, but few regions can brag as much as Europe when it comes to venture capital investment.

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  • Issue 23 - Azafran INSIGHTS Rapid-fire Video Podcast

    Hosts Matt Bauer and Megan Burns welcome special guest Paul Martin, founder and CEO of Azafran Fund I portfolio company, tagSpace.

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