Happenings
  • From Washington State to Washington, D.C., lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

    Jan 19, 2020

    With the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the launch of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but this was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation.

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  • Smart VC money is beginning to seep out beyond Silicon Valley

    Jan 15, 2020

    Last year, the Bay Area’s proportion of overall U.S. venture capital investment fell to the lowest point since 2013, according to year-end data from Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association.

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  • Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M

    Jan 15, 2020

    Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI (AI2), has been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect.

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  • Why “Explainability” Is A Big Deal In AI

    Jan 8, 2020

    There is a little-noticed talent that’s critical for success in a tech-centric world; it’s up there with being a great programmer, a master strategist, or even an innovative entrepreneur.

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  • CES 2020: Toyota is building a 'smart' city to test AI, robots and self-driving cars

    Jan 8, 2020

    (CNN) Carmaker Toyota has unveiled plans for a 2,000-person “city of the future,” where it will test autonomous vehicles, smart technology and robot-assisted living.

    The ambitious project, dubbed Woven City, is set to break ground next year in the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji, about 60 miles from Tokyo.

    Announcing the project at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda described the new city as a “living laboratory” that will allow researchers, scientists and engineers to test emerging technology in a “real-life environment.”

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    Source: CNN

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  • Top minds in machine learning predict where AI is going in 2020

    Jan 2, 2020

    AI is no longer poised to change the world someday; it’s changing the world now. As we begin a new year and decade, VentureBeat turned to some of the keenest minds in AI to revisit progress made in 2019 and look ahead to how machine learning will mature in 2020.

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  • The Top Stories in Voice 2019

    Dec 31, 2019

    The top story in voice in 2019 according to industry professionals didn’t break until the final month of the year.

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  • VC Investments In Enterprise Tech And AI

    Dec 25, 2019

    According to Toptal, the venture capital sector has grown by 12.1% annually since the financial crisis. The same source tells us that the amount of capital raised per year has grown by 100% over the decade. Companies with a focus on AI have collected over 9.3 billion dollars in the US during 2018.

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  • AI (Artificial Intelligence): What We Can Expect In The New Year

    Dec 20, 2019

    This year has seen notable breakthroughs in AI (Artificial Intelligence). They have included innovations about algorithms–like GANs or Generative Adversarial Networks–as well as advances in categories like NLP (Natural Language Processing), just to name a few. Then what can we expect in 2020?

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  • The true value of cloud-based AI isn't what you think

    Dec 20, 2019

    Along with intelligent applications, using AI to improve automation, security, and knowledge sharing will have far-reaching benefits.

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    In the second issue of our Special Report Series, we turn our focus to the imagery modality and the impacts already being felt in the future of healthcare.

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    tagSpace (Azafran Portfolio I) provides a no-code solution for location-based Augmented Reality - With a focus on markets such as music festivals, events and experiences, tagSpace has pivoted to also helping fight the spread of Covid-19.

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