Happenings
  • AI Chip Market is Booming

    Jan 28, 2020

    AI processors are reinvigorating the global semiconductor industry, prompting at least one market tracker to predict a three-fold increase in AI chip applications over the next five years.

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  • AI startups raised $18.5 billion in 2019, setting new funding record

    Jan 24, 2020

    While overall U.S. venture capital funding dipped in 2019, the artificial intelligence sector bucked this trend by reaching a new annual high for money raised by startups.

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  • Health AI startups netted a record $4B in funding last year

    Jan 24, 2020

    Healthcare AI startups received $4 billion in funding last year across 367 deals, according to intelligence platform CB Insights. That’s an almost 50% jump in cash from 2018, which saw almost $2.7 billion across 264 deals.

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  • The AI effect: How artificial intelligence is making health care more human

    Jan 21, 2020

    (New Report) Health-care institutions have been anticipating the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) will have on the performance and efficiency of their operations and their workforces—and the quality of patient care. But many have already been reaping the benefits of AI tools.

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  • 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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  • Issue 22 - The End of VC as We Know It

    The nature of VC is evolving - to gain a competitive advantage and de-risk their investments, forward-looking and innovative firms are recognizing the trends and adapting.

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  • Issue 22 - European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021

    2021 is shaping up to be a stellar year for startups in Europe with Early-stage funding at $5.8 billion, an all-time high for European startups.

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