Google open-sources MT5, a multilingual model trained on over 101 languages — VB

Google open-sourced a model called MT5 that the company claims achieves state-of-the-art results on a range of English natural processing tasks, writes Kyle Wiggers. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2020/10/26/google-open-sources-mt5-a-multilingual-model-trained-on-over-101-languages/

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory installs SambaNova AI accelerator

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has installed an artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator from SambaNova Systems.

Greystones Group awarded Phase II SBIR Air Force contract for AI-based multi-domain data analysis

Washington DC-based Greystones Group was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract.

Facebook’s open source M2M-100 model can translate between 100 different languages — VP

Facebook today open-sourced M2M-100, an algorithm it claims is the first capable of translating between any pair of 100 languages without relying on English data, writes Kyle Wiggers. Here is the link:...

AI-powered drone learns extreme acrobatics — IEEE Spectrum

Now researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, in collaboration with Intel, have developed a neural network training method that “enables an autonomous...

NHS England offers £15m to AI firms for software that helps with stroke victims’...

NHS England is tendering for AI technologies in deals worth up to £15m to help guide the treatment of stroke victims while the health service groans under the strain of coronavirus,...

Space Force awards Geospark Analytics $95M Hyperion AI contract

Geospark Analytics has been awarded a $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

Ubicquia raises $30M

Ubicquia has raised $30 million in a Series C funding round, with participation from Fuel Venture Capital, the company said in a statement.

General Atomics flies MQ-9 Reaper with AI pod that chooses targets autonomously — FlightGlobal

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has integrated and flown the MQ-9 Reaper with the Agile Condor pod, an on-board artificially intelligent computer that promises to autonomously find, track and propose targets to...

DHS awards Synthetik $1M to develop ML training data for airport security program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has awarded Austin, Texas-based Synthetik funding to develop machine learning training data.

Storelift launches autonomous convenience stores using AI and computer vision — VB

A French startup called Storelift believes it can create a new convenience store concept that leans on many of the same AI and computer vision tools used in Amazon Go, writes...

Neuralink demonstrates its next-generation brain-machine interface — VB

Scientists at Elon Musk-backed Neuralink gave a progress update during a conference streamed online from the company’s headquarters in Fremont, California; writes Kyle Wiggers. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2020/08/28/neuralink-demonstrates-its-next-generation-brain-machine-interface/

New script-reading software aims to manage slush pile — Hollywood Reporter

A new tool aims to get screenplays to the top of the pile at agencies and studios, and not tossed back onto the unwanted stack of unsolicited submissions, writes Etan Vlessing. Here...

Chorus raises $45M

Chorus.ai, a conversation intelligence platform for sales teams, has raised a $45 million Series C round.

Explorium raises $31M (Israel)

Tel Aviv, Israel-based data discovery company Explorium has raised $31 million. The Series B funding round was led by existing investor Zeev Ventures. 01 Advisors and Dynamic Loop, participated in the...