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AI Weekly: The state of machine learning in 2020

It’s hard to believe, but a year in which the unprecedented seemed to happen every day is just weeks from being over. In AI circles, the end of the calendar year means the rollout of annual reports aimed at defining progress, impact, and areas for improvement. The AI Index is due out in the coming weeks, as is CB Insights’ […]

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UC Berkeley researchers detect ‘silent speech’ with electrodes and AI

UC Berkeley researchers say they are the first to train AI using using silently mouthed words and sensors that collect muscle activity. Silent speech is detected using electromyography (EMG), with electrodes placed on the face and throat. The model focuses on what researchers call digital voicing to predict words and generate synthetic speech. Researchers believe their method can enable a […]

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This is how we’ll merge with AI

The relationship between humans and AI is something of a dance. We and AI come close together operating collaboratively, then are pushed away by the impossibility, only to stumble but return attracted by the potential. It is perhaps fitting that the dance community is beginning to embrace robots, with AI helping to create new movements and choreography, and with robots […]

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Automated workflows are eating the world

In just the past 12 months, over $2.2 billion has been funneled into tech companies building workflow automation solutions. This isn’t a bubble. It’s a balloon. Hot technology companies like Slack ($14.5 billion market cap), Calendly ($60 million ARR), Docusign ($36 billion market cap), GitHub (bought by Microsoft for $7.5 billion), and Airtable ($185 million Series D), all have built-in […]

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Customer engagement for a new digital-first world (VB Live)

Presented by Bold 360 by LogMeIn In a pandemic-struck world, digital maturity and artificial intelligence is critical. It helps optimize costs, boost customer satisfaction, and improve self service. Learn how organizations can protect themselves and their customers most cost-effectively in this VB Live event! Register here for free. At the end of 2019, customer experience emerged as the most powerful […]

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U.S. regulators seek public input on new safety standards for self-driving cars

(Reuters) — U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday said they were opening a formal regulatory proceeding that could eventually result in the adoption of new safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to get public input on how to ensure the safety of future self-driving […]

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AI dev platform startup DataRobot raises $270 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

Boston-based DataRobot, a startup developing an end-to-end enterprise AI platform, today raised $270 million in equity funding led by Altimeter Capital. The company says that the pre-IPO round — which was joined by new and existing investors including T. Rowe Price, Blackrock, Silverlake, NEA, and Tiger — values the company at over $2.7 billion. The benefits of AI and machine […]

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EdgeQ emerges from stealth to bring AI to the edge with 5G

EdgeQ, a startup developing 5G systems-on-chip, today emerged from stealth with $51 million in funding. The 90-employee company says the fresh capital will accelerate its go-to-market efforts as it moves toward mass production of its chipset products. With a team of semiconductor, 5G, Wi-Fi, and AI industry veterans hailing from Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, EdgeQ is adopting a “software-driven” development […]

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AliveCor raises $65 million to detect heart problems with AI

AliveCor, a startup developing algorithms that detect atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, and other health issues from heart rate readings, today raised $65 million in funding. The company says the proceeds will be used to bolster go-to-market efforts as AliveCor kicks off a partnership with Omron to provide at-home blood pressure monitoring tech to customers. Over the past few months, in […]

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