Wit.ai is shutting down Bot Engine as Facebook rolls NLP into its updated Messenger Platform

July 28, 2017

Wit.ai announced this morning in a blog post that it would be sunsetting its Bot Engine. The Facebook-owned company builds developer tools for natural language processing to help engineers build speech and text chatbots faster and with less technical experience. Bot Engine launched as a beta in April of 2016. The tool let developers train their own bots using sample conversations sharing similar structure. These examples could stand infor real…

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Here are the winners of the Google Cloud machine learning pitch-off

July 14, 2017

Back in March at Googles Cloud Next conference, the company announced plans to run its own machine learning startup competition side-by-side with Data Collective and Emergence Capital. Four months later, 10 startups, pulled from a pool of 350+ applicants, presented onstage at Googles Launchpad Space in San Francisco. The startups vied for three prizes a choice each from DCVC and Emergence, as well as a Built with Google award for…

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Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

June 24, 2017

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidus Sunnyvale AI research campus the same office Ng would have worked out of as an employee. It makes sense that Ng would take advantage of his name…

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The Columbus meetup is happening tonight but the location changed

June 17, 2017

I’m in Columbus this week and I thought we could have a quick meetup in advance of Disrupt SF in September. We’ll be meeting on Thursday at 5pm at the Standard Hall (please note the new location). You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and 10 companies will have 90 seconds to…

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Startups, Id like to meet you in Columbus

June 14, 2017

Im in Columbus this week and I thought we could have a quick meetup in advance of Disrupt SF in September. Well be congregating on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolfs Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited room so please gather up a ticket early. Well have a speedy pitch-off of preparing for Disrupt SF and 10 fellowships will have 90 seconds to slope and then…

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Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing

June 14, 2017

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICOd digital assets Heres how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage Since the earliest days of the commercial web, there was a Faustian bargain struck between users and content publishers: Users got free access to online content in exchange for tolerating ads sold…

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MakeLoveNotPorns Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

May 22, 2017

On this weeks Technotopia I interviewed Cindy Gallop, the outspoken TED speaker and found of MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy worked tirelessly to bring SexTech and FemTech out of the shadows and shes bringing all her attention to bear on the creation of technology that will bring us closer together and make us happier something few founders think about. Gallop believes that the toys we see that are supposed to represent the cutting…

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