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Zoovu raises $14M

Artificial intelligence-based digital sales assistant platform Zoovu has closed a $14 million Series B funding round.

Gmail is now blocking 100 million extra spam messages every day with AI —...

Google is using TensorFlow to help train additional spam filters for Gmail users, writes James Vincent. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/6/18213453/gmail-tensorflow-machine-learning-spam-100-million

McCormick using AI to mix flavors

Food company McCormick is collaborating with IBM to use artificial intelligence for flavor and food product development, the companies said in a statement.

Amazon open sources SageMaker Neo to run machine learning models at the edge —...

Amazon has announced a new open source project, Neo-AI, writes Janakiram MSV. Here is the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2019/01/27/amazon-open-sources-sagemaker-neo-to-run-machine-learning-models-at-the-edge/#51913df4d037

Microsoft CTO: Understanding AI is part of being an informed citizen in the 21st...

“I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you need to know a little bit about this stuff because you want to be able to participate in...

Facebook creating AI ethics research center with Technical University of Munich

Facebook has inked a partnership with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to create an independent AI ethics research center.

World’s largest AI startup readies $2 billion fundraising — Bloomberg

SenseTime Group, the world’s most valuable artificial-intelligence startup, is beginning preparations for a new financing round, writes Crystal Tse, Lulu Yilun Chen, and Vinicy Chan. Here is the link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-10/world-s-largest-ai-startup-said-to-ready-2-billion-fundraising-jqq7odu4

DARPA seeks to develop schema-based AI capability

DARPA says it is seeking to develop schema-based AI capabilities, to enhance reasoning about complex world events and generate actionable insights. 

Google boasts 1 billion Assistant devices—10x Amazon Alexa’s install base — Ars Technica

The power of Android gives Google 10x more assistant devices than Amazon, writes Ron Amadeo. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/01/google-assistant-flexes-on-alexa-announces-1-billion-strong-install-base/

IBM’s Project Debater AI helps humans process complex arguments — VB

IBM is launching a new tool named Project Debater, that will let decision makers talk through complex decisions with an AI, writes Mo Marshall. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/07/ibms-project-debater-ai-helps-humans-process-complex-arguments/

Censoring China’s internet, for stability and profit — The New York Times

Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, writes Li Yuan. Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/business/china-internet-censor.html

Apple names John Giannandrea senior vice president of AI/ML

Apple has named John Giannandrea to the company’s executive team as senior vice president of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy, reporting to the company CEO Tim Cook.

Kroger launches unmanned delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ

Kroger is launching an unmanned delivery service, available to the general public (to the general public in Scottsdale, Arizona, only for now; but nonetheless), in association with Nuro, a...

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to deploy OpenText Magellan analytics

International law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will be the first law firm to deploy Magellan, an AI-enabled analytics platform, from Enterprise Information Management (EIM) company OpenText.

Pew: 37% of technologists don’t think AI will improve lives by 2030 — VB

According to a Pew Center Research survey, about 37 per cent of technologists believe that most people won’t be better off in the next 10 years as a result of advances...