Monday, June 18, 2018

Artificial Intelligence

Embodied raises $22 million

Pasadena, California-based artificial intelligence and robotics company Embodied has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round.

Influential raises $12M

Influential has raised a $12 million Series B financing round.

Google announces its principles for all AI work going forward; and the things it will not do

Google has announced seven principles that the company says will guide its artificial research work going forward.

MIT trains psychopath robot ‘Norman’ using only gruesome Reddit images — Newsweek

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) trained an artificial intelligence algorithm dubbed "Norman" to become a psychopath, writes Benjamin Fearnow in Newsweek. Here...

Nference raises $11 million

Biomedical knowledge and AI company nference has raised a $11 million in a Series A financing round.

Oracle buys DataScience

Oracle  has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held data analysis company DataScience.com. Financial terms of the transaction were not shared.

ThoughtSpot raises $145 million

ThoughtSpot, a search and AI-driven analytics company, has closed $145 million in Series D funding.

Ginkgo Bioworks, Transcriptic awarded $9.5 million project from DARPA

Ginkgo Bioworks, a company that designs custom microbes for customers and Transcriptic, a robotic cloud laboratory platform, have been awarded a joint $9.5 million contract.

Nike acquires computer vision company Invertex

Nike has acquired Invertex, a  computer vision firm based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

3M, C3 IoT ink multi-year agreement

C3 IoT has inked a multi-year agreement with 3M. Under the terms of the agreement, 3M will use the C3 IoT Platform to develop and deploy AI-based applications – starting with predictive healthcare and supply chain analytics.

Need to make a molecule? Ask this AI for instructions — Nature

Researchers have developed a ‘deep learning’ computer program that produces blueprints for the sequences of reactions needed to create small organic molecules, such as...

France to invest €1.5 billion in artificial intelligence by 2022 — France 24

France will invest $1.85 billion (€1.5 billion)  into artificial intelligence (AI) research and development up to 2022, reports France 24. Here is the link: http://www.france24.com/en/20180329-france-invest-15-billion-euros-artificial-intelligence-AI-technology-2022

DARPA to use artificial intelligence to help commanders in ‘gray zone’ conflicts — Army Times

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently started a program that looks to get inside the enemy’s head, Todd South writes in Army Times.  Here is the link: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/03/27/darpa-to-use-artificial-intelligence-to-help-commanders-in-gray-zone-conflicts/

Clari raises $35 million

Clari, a provider of AI solutions for sales, has closed $35 million in financing. The investment was led by Tenaya Capital.

Worldwide spending on cognitive/AI systems will reach $19.1 billion this year: IDC

Worldwide spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $19.1 billion in 2018, an increase of 54.2% over the amount spent in 2017, says IDC.