Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity

June 22, 2017

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICOd digital assets Last week,Reutersreportedthat the U.S. government is considering placing new restrictions on Chinese investment into American companies developing artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies with strategic importance to the United States. The…

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At AI bot startups, cool kids rule

June 18, 2017

Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: The state of the unicorn CrunchBase Spotlight: Data hints at down rounds, but not wipeout, for marketplace lending You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Poindexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app? No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are…

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Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

June 15, 2017

Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a accumulation of articles that stress a deep those who are interested in dialog arrangements. As is very clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard it requires more than just good pronunciation recognition to deliver a killer ordeal to users. From the sidelines Facebook has been meddling with big…

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How to create the most value for the next technology wave

June 3, 2017

Doug Clinton is a managing marriage and co-founder at Loup Ventures and previously acted as an consultant at Piper Jaffray. Major technology programmes transformation every 10 -1 5 years, with new programmes building on the ones they preceded. The PC was the pulpit of the early-1 980 s, then the internet came in the mid-1 990 s to improve the functionality and connectedness of PCs, then the smartphone emerged in…

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After beating the worlds elite Go players, Googles AlphaGo AI is retiring

May 29, 2017

Googles AlphaGo the AI developed to tackle the worlds most demanding strategy activity is stepping downfrom competitive competitions after demolishing “the worlds” best ability. The recent to succumb isGostop-ranked actor, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in acquired by Google for around $500 million in 2014, it beatformer Go macrocosm advocate Lee Sedol, and theChina affair took things to the next level with competitions against1 9-year-old Jie, and DeepMind CEO Demis…

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Rulai launches low-code chatbot development tool and raises $6.5 million

May 26, 2017

Customer experience chatbot developer Rulai has launched a new low-code chatbot development tool and raised $6.5 million to roll it out. The development team at Rulai, with offices in Beijing and Campbell, Calif., is helmed by the renowned University of California, Santa Cruz, computer science professor Yi Zhang. Professor Zhang, the companys chief technologist, and her team are launching a productthat customer service managers can use to develop chatbots that…

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Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

May 26, 2017

Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Data University is Airbnbs attempt to make its entire workforce more data literate.Traditional online programs like Coursera…

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Dont Pass Go: AI Will Beat You at Pretty Much Everything

May 22, 2017

Earlier this month, in a paper published in Nature, Google DeepMind researchers revealed that theyve attained the holy grail of artificial intelligence game-playing: besting the European champion in the ancient Chinese game of Go. Go is deceptively simple: players put down black and white stones on points on a 19 x 19 gridded game board (thats 361 squares; smaller game boards are available for shorter games). The objective is to…

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