China Challenges Nvidia’s Hold on Artificial Intelligence Chips

November 24, 2017

In July, China’s government issued a sweeping new strategy with a striking aim: draw level with the US in artificial intelligence technology within three years, and become the world leader by 2030. A call for research projects from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology posted online last month fills in some detail on the government’s plans. And it puts Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, the leading supplier of silicon for machine-learning…

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Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

October 1, 2017

Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company’s plans. The newspaper says one or both of these products could be launched before the end of the year, alongside updates…

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AI Grant aims to fund the unfundable to advance AI and solve hard problems

July 26, 2017

Artificial intelligence-focused investment funds are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone knows theres money to be made from AI, but to capture value, good VCs know they need to back products and not technologies. This has left a bit of a void in the space where research occurs within research institutions and large tech companies and commercialization occurs within verticalized startups there isnt much left for the DIY AI…

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Graphcores AI chips now backed by Atomico, DeepMinds Hassabis

July 22, 2017

Is AI chipmaker Graphcore out to eat Nvidias lunch? Co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon laughs at that interview opener perhaps because he sold his previous company to the chipmaker back in 2011. Im sure Nvidia will be successful as well, he ventures. Theyre already being very successful in this market And being a viable competitor and standing alongside them, I think that would be a worthy aim for ourselves. Toon…

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Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

July 21, 2017

After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. Ive asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms of the deal. Joe…

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Toyota launches venture capital fund targeting artificial intelligence startups

July 12, 2017

Toyota is the latest Fortune 500 company to launch an AI focused venture capital fund. The initial early-stage fund will deploy $100 million and operate as a subsidiary of theToyota Research Institute.The automaker has strategically positioned itself as an ROI rather than strategic-focused fund meaning that it aims to profit like any other VC firm. Jim Adler will serve as managing director of the fund. He has been serving as…

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Ethics and Governance AI Fund funnels $7.6M to Harvard, MIT and independent research efforts

July 11, 2017

A $27 million fund aimed at referring neural networks to the public interest has announced the first targets for its beneficence: $7.6 million will be split unequally between MITs Media Lab, Harvards Berkman Klein Center and seven smaller study endeavours around the world. The Ethic and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund was created by Reid Hoffman, Pierre Omidyar and the Knight Foundation back in January; the intention is to guarantee…

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Curious to crack the neural code? Listen carefully

July 11, 2017

Shahin Farschi is a partner at Lux Capital. More posts by this contributor: Need jobs? Get robots, and education right Perhaps for the first time ever, our noggins have stolen the spotlight from our hips. The media,popular culture, science and business are paying more attention to the brain than ever. Billionaires want to plug into it. Scientists view neurodegenerative disease as the next frontier after cancer and diabetes, hence increased efforts…

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H2O.ais Driverless AI automates machine learning for businesses

July 7, 2017

Driverless AI is the last produce from H2O. ai aimed at lowering the barrier to representing data discipline work in a corporate framework. The implement expedites non-technical hires with cooking data, gauging constants and determining the optimal algorithms for undertaking specific business problems with machine learning. At the research level, machine learning troubles are complex and irregular mix GANs and reinforcement learning in a ever been identified apply occasion takes…

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