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SUSE acquires Kubernetes management platform Rancher Labs

SUSE, which describes itself as ‘the world’s largest independent open source company,’ today announced that it has acquired Rancher Labs, a company that has long focused on making it easier for enterprises to make their container clusters. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition, but Rancher was well funded, with a total of $95 million in investments. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s only been a few months since the company announced its $40 million Series D round led...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Computing, Linux, Free Software, Leader, Nexus Venture Partners, Kubernetes, Suse, Cloud Infrastructure, Mayfield, Rancher Labs


SetSail raises raises $7M to change how sales teams are compensated

Most sales teams earn a commission after a sale closes, but nothing prior to that. Yet there are a variety of signals along the way that indicate the sales process is progressing, and SetSail, a startup from some former Google engineers, is using machine learning to figure out what those signals are, and how to compensate salespeople as they move along the path to a sale, not just after they close the deal. Today, the startup announced a $7 million investment led by Wing Venture Capital wi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Enterprise, Funding, Sales, Tech, CIO, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Levi, Operator, Leyla Seka, Wing Venture Capital, Pendo, SetSail, Haggai Levi


AI finds 250 foreign stars that migrated to our galaxy

Astrophysicians have used AI to discover 250 new stars in the Milky Way, which they believe were born outside the galaxy. Caltech researcher Lina Necib named the collection Nyx, after the Greek goddess of the night. She suspects the stars are remnants of a dwarf galaxy that merged with the Milky Way many moons ago. To develop the AI, Necib and her team first tracked stars across a simulated galaxy created by the Feedback in Realistic Environments (FIRE) project. They labeled the stars as either ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Caltech, Neural, Lina Necib


Does conscious AI deserve rights?

Does AI—and, more specifically, conscious AI—deserve moral rights? In this thought exploration, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, ethics and tech professor Joanna Bryson, philosopher and cognitive scientist Susan Schneider, physicist Max Tegmark, philosopher Peter Singer, and bioethicist Glenn Cohen all weigh in on the question of AI rights.Given the grave tragedy of slavery throughout human history, philosophers and technologists must answer this question ahead of technological developmen...
Tags: Technology, Future, Intelligence, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Robots, Innovation, Slavery, Consciousness, Machine Learning, Philosophy, Mind, Morality, Humanity, Richard Dawkins


These 2 books will strengthen your command of Python machine learning

Mastering machine learning is not easy, even if you’re a crack programmer. I’ve seen many people come from a solid background of writing software in different domains (gaming, web, multimedia, etc.) thinking that adding machine learning to their roster of skills is another walk in the park. It’s not. And every single one of them has been dismayed. I see two reasons for why the challenges of machine learning are misunderstood. First, as the name suggests, machine learning is software that learns ...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Design & Dev, Syndication, Neural


New ‘Computer Prophet’ generates profound metaphors for life and death

Life is a prison in which we all live. Once the bars are down, it becomes obscene what everybody else is doing. So says the Computer Prophet, a new AI system that spits out pearls of wisdom in the form of metaphors. The project is the brainchild of UCLA student Elias Henriksen, who created it to help us answer life’s most profound questions. We often express our existential concerns through metaphors, as they help us relate our own experiences to abstract concepts. Research suggests that people ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Ucla, Neural, Elias Henriksen


As Palantir preps IPO, a look back at its growth history

Yesterday evening Palantir, the quasi-secretive data mining and analysis firm, publicly announced that it has privately filed to go public. The disclosure came in the wake of Palantir raising new capital, taking on hundreds of millions of dollars before its planned public offering. According to Crunchbase data, Palantir has raised billions while private, making its debut a marquee affair in the worlds of technology, startups and venture capital. As TechCrunch reported yesterday, Palantir has a c...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, White House, Ipo, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Palantir, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Crunchbase, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch


MonkeyLearn raises $2.2M to build out its no-code AI text analysis service

A few years back, startups focusing on artificial intelligence had a whiff of bullshit about them; venture capitalists became inured to young tech companies claiming that their new AI-powered product was going to change the world as hype exceeded product reality. But in the time since, AI-powered startups have matured into real companies, with investors stepping up to fund their growth. In niches, from medical imaging, of course, to speech recognition, machine learning and deep learning and neur...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, No Code, Low-code, Uncork Capital, Recent Funding, Bling Capital, Monkeylearn, Raúl Garreta, Garreta


How Barcelona is using AI on its subway trains to curb spread of COVID-19

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. A smart ventilation system is being trialled on Barcelona’s metro network to maximize fresh air, regulate temperature and humidity and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Transports Met...
Tags: Startups, Barcelona, Artificial Intelligence, Shift, Sarah Wray, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona TMB


Troubled facial recognition startup Clearview AI pulls out of Canada ⁠— before it was pushed

Dystopian surveillance firm Clearview AI has stopped offering its facial recognition service in Canada, in response to a probe by data protection authorities. “The investigation of Clearview by privacy protection authorities for Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec remains open,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said in a statement. The probe was opened in February, following reports that Clearview was collecting personal information without consent. The authorities stil...
Tags: Startups, New York, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, Quebec, ClearView, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Neural, Clearview AI, Canada Alberta British Columbia


What will happen when we reach the AI singularity?

Should you feel bad about pulling the plug on a robot or switch off an artificial intelligence algorithm? Not for the moment. But how about when our computers become as smart—or smarter—than us? Debates about the consequences of artificial general intelligence (AGI) are almost as old as the history of AI itself. Most discussions depict the future of artificial intelligence as either Terminator-like apocalypse or Wall-E-like utopia. But what’s less discussed is how we will perceive, interact with...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Agi, Syndication, Neural


AI-Driven Mobile App Development: Artificial Intelligence To The Rescue

Wouldn’t you like to find a way of making your small business more accessible to your customers? And wouldn’t you want that solution, whatever it was, to be compelling, irresistible, and maybe even entertaining to your customers? Then an AI-driven mobile app could be just what you’re looking for. What’s So Great About AI-Driven Mobile App Development? Artificial intelligence (AI), has proven to be extremely beneficial for mobile app development. One of the big reasons is that AI-driven ...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, App Development, Mobile App Development, Others, InData Labs, Andrei Kazialetski, InData, InData Labs InData Labs


Study tests whether AI can convincingly answer existential questions

A new study has explored whether AI can provide more attractive answers to humanity’s most profound questions than history’s most influential thinkers. Researchers from the University of New South Wales first fed a series of moral questions to Salesforce’s CTRL system, a text generator trained on millions of documents and websites, including all of Wikipedia. They added its responses to a collection of reflections from the likes of Plato, Jesus Christ, and, err, Elon Musk. The team then asked mo...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Wikipedia, Artificial Intelligence, Salesforce, University of New South Wales, CTRL, Neural, Plato Jesus Christ


New AI project captures Jane Austen’s thoughts on social media

Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of Sir Isaac Newton, Mary Shelley, or Benjamin Franklin? Well now you can (kinda), thanks to a new experiment by magician and novelist Andrew Mayne. The project — called AI|Writer — uses OpenAI’s new text generator API to create simulated conversations with virtual historical figures. The system first works out the purpose of the message and the intended recipient by searching for patterns in the text. It then uses the API‘s internal knowledge of that pers...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Jane Austen, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Mayne, Neural, Isaac Newton Mary Shelley


R&D Roundup: Tech giants unveil breakthroughs at computer vision summit

Computer vision summit CVPR has just (virtually) taken place, and like other CV-focused conferences, there are quite a few interesting papers. More than I could possibly write up individually, in fact, so I’ve collected the most promising ones from major companies here. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all shared papers at the conference — and others too, I’m sure — but I’m sticking to the big hitters for this column. (If you’re interested in the papers deemed most meritorious ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Photography, Video, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Facebook Google Amazon, Market Analysis, CVPR, Growth Marketing, Extra Crunch


Study: Only 18% of data science students are learning about AI ethics

Amid a growing backlash over AI‘s racial and gender biases, numerous tech giants are launching their own ethics initiatives — of dubious intent. The schemes are billed as altruistic efforts to make tech serve humanity. But critics argue their main concern is evading regulation and scrutiny through “ethics washing.” At least we can rely on universities to teach the next generation of computer scientists to make. Right? Apparently not, according to a new survey of 2,360 data science students, acad...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Anaconda Only 15


Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump’s xenophobic dream of building a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexico–US border has moved a step closer to (virtual) reality. The White House just struck a deal with Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industrial to erect an AI-powered partition along the frontier. Anduril will install hundreds of surveillance towers across the rugged terrain, The Washinton Post reports. The pillars will use cameras and thermal imaging to detect anyone trying to enter “the land of the free” and send their location t...
Tags: Security, Startups, Mexico, White House, US, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey, Trump, US Border Patrol, Washinton Post, Neural, Anduril, US Customers and Border Protection


Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps

Uh oh — Facebook‘s been caught in yet another data scandal. The company has admitted that it mistakenly gave around 5,000 developers unauthorized access to user profiles due to a bug in the platform. The leak breaks Facebook‘s own rules over access to personal information. Since 2018, the platform has automatically blocked developers from getting people’s data if they haven’t interacted with the app in the last 90 days. Once that time limit expires, developers have to again ask users for permiss...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


This jellyfish robot can outswim its squishy animal cousin

Jellyfish might not be the fastest swimmers under the sea, but what they lack in speed they more than make up for in style. Their energy-efficient wiggle technique has made them the envy of the underwater world. It’s also caught the eye of scientists from North Carolina State University and Temple University. The team recently created soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-world counterparts. Their average speed of 53.3 millimeters per second will hardly leave Michael Phel...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Michael Phelps, Temple University, North Carolina State University, Neural


Inside China’s plan to lead the world in AI

China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than either the US or the EU, and central and local government spending on AI in China is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. The move has led – at least in the West – to warnings of a global AI arms race and concerns about the growing reach of China’s authoritarian surveillance state. B...
Tags: Startups, China, US, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, West, Syndication, Neural


Dating app Badoo is now using AI to detect unsolicited dick pics

Dating apps are depressing enough if you’re a straight man, but at least we don’t have to deal with a torrent of dick pics. A survey by Match.com found that more than half of women have received an unwanted cock shot. Despite “cyberflashing” being an obvious form of sexual harassment, it remains legal in most of the US. One notable exception is the state of Texas, thanks largely to lobbying from dating app Bumble. Bumble also uses AI to block out to detect lewd images before they reach their des...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Texas, US, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


MIT removes huge dataset that teaches AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

MIT has taken offline a massive and highly-cited dataset that trained AI systems to use racist and misogynistic terms to describe people, The Register reports. The training set — called 80 Million Tiny Images, as that’s how many labeled images it’s scraped from Google Images — was created in 2008 to develop advanced object detection techniques. It has been used to teach machine-learning models to identify the people and objects in still images. As The Register’s Katyanna Quach wrote: “Thanks to ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Katyanna Quach


Google is testing Smart Compose on WhatsApp and Telegram

It looks Google’s exploring new ways to turn us all into robots. Users of Gboard beta have spotted Smart Compose popping up in Google Messages, Telegram, and WhatsApp, 9to5Google reports. The feature’s been making writing suggestions as you type for a couple of years now, but never before in messaging apps. Google initially launched it for Gmail, where it now recommends closing messages, like “Have a great weekend!” or “Please leave me alone, you’re scaring me.” Well, maybe not the latter — but ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Plugged, Google Docs for G Suite, Google Messages Telegram


Vendia raises $5.1M for its multi-cloud serverless platform

When the inventor of AWS Lambda, Tim Wagner, and the former head of blockchain at AWS, Shruthi Rao, co-found a startup, it’s probably worth paying attention. Vendia, as the new venture is called, combines the best of serverless and blockchain to help build a truly multi-cloud serverless platform for better data and code sharing. Today, the Vendia team announced that it has raised a $5.1 million seed funding round, led by Neotribe’s Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri. Correlation Ventures, WestWave Capit...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Technology, Enterprise, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Aws, Lambda, Cryptocurrencies, Coinbase, Blockchain, Correlation Ventures, Tim


MIT’s coronavirus-killer robot uses UV-C light to disinfect warehouses

A new MIT robot that uses UV light to kill the coronavirus could be used to disinfect warehouses, schools, and offices. The system has already been used to sanitize the Greater Boston Food Bank. In tests, the robot covered a 4,000 square foot area of the warehouse within 30 minutes, providing enough light to neutralize around 90% of coronavirus particles. Scientists from MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) designed the light-emitting vertical bars that shine UV light o...
Tags: Startups, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Greater Boston Food Bank, Neural, Coronavirus


What is the AI brain drain?

Twenty years ago, the people interested in artificial intelligence research were mostly confined in universities and non-profit AI labs. AI research projects were mostly long-term engagements that spanned across several years—or even decades— and the goal was to serve science and expand human knowledge. But in the past decade, thanks to advances in deep learning and artificial neural networks, the AI industry has undergone a dramatic change. Today, AI has found its way into many practical applic...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Basics


How Cult Fit used Deep Learning and ML to create Energy Meter in Cult Live App

https://blog.cure.fit/engineering-design/from-offline-to-online-the-cult-live-story/Think of the Energy Meter as a virtual movement tracker. It combines AI technologies like Computer Vision and Deep Learning to understand how the user moves during the workout, how accurately he/she is performing the exercises. To run an ML model in real-time, we had to make sure that it processes one image frame before another one comes in. However, in our case, we had to hit a baseline performance where 10 imag...
Tags: Business, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Energy Meter


What is generative adversarial network (GAN) — and how it makes computers creative

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try) to disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. Moments of epiphany tend to come in the unlikeliest of circumstances. For Ian Goodfellow, PhD in machine learning, it came while discussing artificial intelligence with friends at a Montreal pub one late night in 2014. What came out of that fateful meeting was “generative adversarial network” or (GAN), an innovation that AI experts have described as the “coolest idea in deep...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Montreal, Ian Goodfellow, Goodfellow, Gan, Neural, Neural Basics


This new radar lets cars see around corners

Researchers at a US university have developed a new kind of radar which — when equipped with some AI wizardry — can help cars see round corners. Princeton university engineers have created a type of Doppler radar, typically used to catch speeding cars, that bounces radio waves off stationary objects to effectively “see” around corners. Coupled with algorithms that interpret how the radiowaves reflect off secondary objects, the radar can interpret moving objects that are out of human view. It kin...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Shift, Loch Ness, McDonald, Neural


This AI detects political affiliation just by reading tweets about COVID-19

Political messaging can have a huge impact on public responses to crises. In the US, academics warn that divisions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers are wrecking efforts to contain the virus. Now, a new AI tool has shown just how fractured their rhetoric has been. Researchers from Ohio State University trained the algorithm to guess which political party members of Congress belonged to by analyzing their tweets about the pandemic. It correctly identified their party 76% of the time, ac...
Tags: Startups, Congress, US, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Ohio State University, Republican and Democratic, Neural, Coronavirus



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