Artificial Intelligence News for August 14 2017

Artificial Intelligence, Made in Canada

Artificial Intelligence researcher Joelle Pineau from McGill University, gives an engaging talk on cognitive robotics at the Third Annual Canada 2020 …

Artificial intelligence systems integration – revolvy.co

The core idea of A.I. systems integration is making individual software components , such as speech synthesizers , interoperable with other components, such as common …
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Artificial Intelligence AntiDiary

Artificial Intelligence and the future | André LeBlanc | TEDxMoncton. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
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The 2016 AI Report: Startups See Record High In Deals And Funding

Non-US deal share has gradually increased, from 21% in 2012, to nearly 40% in 2016. From stopping cyberattacks to operating autonomous vehicles to visually searching through a wine database, over 550 startups using AI as a core part of their products raised $5B in funding in 2016. Since 2012, deals and dollars to AI startups have been on the rise, and 2016 was a record year for startups globally. Using the CB Insights database, we tracked funding to private AI companies globally over the past five years, and looked at how deal share breaks down by geography. Our analysis includes companies applying AI algorithms to verticals like healthcare, security, advertising, and finance as well as those developing general-purpose AI tech. Our list excludes robotics and AR/VR startups, which we’ve analyzed separately here and here. Our analysis includes all equity funding rounds and convertible notes. Deals reached a 5-year high last year, from 160 deals in 2012 to 658 in 2016. The top round went to Israel-based ride-hailing app Gett, which uses AI algorithms to assist in on-demand car deployment and in the operation of autonomous cars. Auto tech company and unicorn Zoox raised $200M in Series A in Q2’16 and cybersecurity startup StackPath raised a $180M private equity round in Q3’16. Apart from the previously mentioned Zoox, 2016 also saw the emergence of 2 new AI-focused unicorns: iCarbonX and Flatiron Health. The deals tally made it the most active quarter for investments in 5 years. Last quarter also saw 4 mega-rounds: $130M Series B round raised by life science startup Zymergen, $120M Series B round raised by computer vision startup SenseTime, $100M Series C round raised by facial recognition startup Face++, and a $100M round raised by Israel-based Voyager Labs. Nearly 62% of the deals in 2016 went to startups in the US, down about 17 percentage points from 79% in 2012. Following the US, 6.5% of global deal share went to UK-based startups in 2016, followed by 4.3% to startups in Israel and 3.5% to startups in India.
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