What’s happened in AI: April 8th-14th

Another busy week per usual. Highlights include SenseTime’s insane $600mm Series C round. They’re now the world’s most valuable AI startup. Company developments: Veteran Global AI Leader Dongyan Wang Joins DeepBrain Chain as Chief AI Officer, Executive VP of Silicon Valley Research Center – Apr. 13, 2018 (satPRnews) DeepBrain Chain (www.deepbrainchain.org), the world’s first Artificial… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: April 1st-7th

This week has seen a heavy push on policies and government initiatives related to AI. Looks like the Uber accident in Arizona has failed to deter most regulatory bodies from halting autonomous vehicle legislation and policy. Among the many other developments this week, for all ramen lovers, Google has developed a program that can categorize… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: March 24th-31st

This week is highlighted by Emmanuel Macron’s push to make France an AI mecca and avoid “dystopia”. So far his initiative has been well received and DeepMind (Google subsidiary) even announced plans to open its second research center in Paris. Company developments Global AI Art Competition launched in Beijing – Mar. 31, 2018 (Xinhua Net) The… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: March 16th-23rd

Arguably the biggest week in AI this year in terms of new developments. Not all developments are positive and rosy though. This week we witnessed the tragic and unfortunate death of Elaine Herzberg, who was struck by one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles in Arizona. While I’m a strong proponent of autonomous vehicles, especially given the… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: March 8th-15th

Breakthroughs / studies: Artificial intelligence can make power firms more efficient: consultancy – Mar. 12, 2018 (Reuters) Utilities can increase their efficiency by using more artificial intelligence (AI) technology, such as software to predict demand swings in the power grid or to control home appliances, consultancy Roland Berger said European utilities could achieve efficiency gains… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: March 1st-7th

Fundraising / investment Woebot Secures $8 Million in Funding to Increase Access to Mental Health Care Worldwide – Mar. 1, 2018 (Nasdaq Global Newswire) Woebot Labs, Inc. announced an $8 million Series A funding round from leading venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Andrew Ng’s newly launched AI Fund The announcement… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: February 18th-28th

Industry breakthroughs Artificial Intelligence More Accurate Than Lawyers for Reviewing Contracts, New Study Reveals – Feb. 26th, 2018 (PR Newswire) In a new study, LawGeex, the leading AI contract review platform, has achieved an average 94% accuracy rate at surfacing risks in Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), one of the most common legal agreements used in business.… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: February 9th-17th

Company developments: Yandex shows off the first tests of self-driving cars on Moscow roads – Feb. 16, 2018 (TechCrunch) Russian search and internet services giant Yandex has been working on its autonomous driving program, and its most recent achievement is a public self-driving pilot of its self-driving test car in Moscow, the first such test… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: February 1st-8th

Partnerships: Nvidia, Continental to develop self-driving system based on Nvidia Drive “Nvidia has inked a deal with Continental to create self-driving vehicle systems built on the Nvidia Drive platform for the automaker’s car lineup starting in 2021″ “The companies will initially develop automated Level 2 features, including 360-degree perception, automatic lane changing on highways, and… Read More »

What’s happened in AI: January 23rd-31st

Company developments: Chinese Rideshare Unicorn DiDi Launches AI Lab in Beijing – Jan. 27, 2018 (Medium) “The new AI lab expands on the DiDi Research Institute and DiDi Labs, and will cluster over 200 AI scientists and engineers to “improve user experience and transportation efficiency and further enhance [the] intelligent transportation ecosystem,” according to a company… Read More »