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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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  • The Top 100 AI Startups Of 2019: Where Are They Now?

    Dec 20, 2019

    In February 2019, CB Insights announced our third annual AI 100 — a list of the 100 most promising AI startups across the globe. We take a look at where these companies are now.

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  • Azafran Capital Adds New Partner, Jock Percy

    Dec 19, 2019

    NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2019 — Azafran Capital Partners, an early stage venture fund investing in companies ($2M to $8M) that are using deep learning and machine learning, emphasizing voice, acoustics and imagery datasets in the health, wellness, IoT/automation and enterprise spaces, is pleased to announce the addition of Jock Percy as Partner.

    Jock Percy is widely recognized as a leading entrepreneur and visionary, with deep expertise in finance, technology, networks, trading, and market connectivity. Most recently Jock was founder and CEO of Perseus, the world’s leading ultra-low latency global connectivity and hosting platform for high-speed, high-performance applications, including a world first, high precision time as a service globally.

    Over his 22 year career, Jock has orchestrated numerous successful technology business M&A deals in both the corporate (BT, Sharp) and startup arenas including Perseus, which was sold to GTT (NYSE:GTT), as well as FXecosystem which he co-founded, patented and sold.

    “We are thrilled to have Jock Percy join the Azafran Capital Partners team,” notes Azafran Managing Partner, James F. Kenefick. “Jock is a perfect fit, bringing a like-minded passion that matches the Azafran focus and ethos, plus decades of experience at the highest levels and deep experience as a data-driven and successful entrepreneur in the finance, technology and networking markets,” added Kenefick.

    Jock has served on a number of corporate boards is a longtime member of Young Professionals Organization (YPO). Hailing from New Zealand, he has a PhD from the University of Canterbury and UCL and has been a lifelong Rugby player and supporter.

    About Azafran Capital Partners

    At Azafran Capital, our mission is to identify + invest in + support transformational entrepreneurs, their inventions and business models – helping them advance and succeed. We see this as a moment in time where voice, acoustics and imagery are center stage. From customer care to health care, entrepreneurs across the globe are developing incredible, groundbreaking solutions and technologies to take advantage of the base layer elements.

    Azafran’s partners and senior team are seasoned entrepreneurs, operators and investors who are both forward looking and data backed. Our team’s combined experience has produced over $9B of M&A value, 127 M&A transactions, and 13 start up exits with over $700M in capital raised.

    As proven entrepreneurs and investors, we invest early in innovative teams solving challenging problems disrupting large markets with deep technology, embedded in end to end solutions. Our focus is on founders and companies building end to end solutions emphasizing voice, acoustics and imagery datasets in the health, wellness, IoT/automation and enterprise spaces.

    For more information please visit www.AzafranCapitalPartners or contact:

    James F. Kenefick, Managing Partner
    jfk@azafranpartners.com
    (w) +1 212.913.0700 ext. 301
    413 West 14th St., Suite 200
    New York, NY 10014

  • Why Voice-Based Technology is the Future of Excellent Customer Experience

    Dec 16, 2019

    If it seems like everywhere you turn, you’re being hit with yet another statistic or story about how voice tech is the future. Consider this your wakeup call: it’s time to start paying attention.

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  • Google AI chief Jeff Dean interview: Machine learning trends in 2020

    Dec 13, 2019

    At the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference this week in Vancouver, Canada, machine learning took center stage as 13,000 researchers explored things like neuroscience, how to interpret neural network outputs, and how AI can help solve big real-world problems.

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