Air Force Research Laboratory awards BAE Systems $7.8M ML software contract

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded BAE Systems a $7.8 million contract to develop tightly-integrated machine learning software.

AlphaSense raises $225M

New York-based market intelligence and search platform company AlphaSense, has raised $225 million in a Series D funding round.

Invoca raises $83M

Invoca has raised $83 million in a Series F funding round. The investment was led by Silver Lake Waterman.

Google suspends engineer who claims its AI is sentient — The Verge

The engineer, Blake Lemoine, works for Google’s Responsible AI organization, and was testing whether its LaMDA model generates discriminatory language or hate speech, writes Jon Porter. Here is the link:

A.I. gurus are leaving Big Tech to work on buzzy new start-ups — CNBC

Four of the best-funded new AI start-ups — Inflection, Cohere, Adept and Anthropic — have recently poached dozens of AI scientists with backgrounds in Big Tech, writes Sam Shead. Here is the...

CloseFactor raises $4.5M

CloseFactor has raised a $4.5 million seed funding.

Motive raises $150M

AI-powered automated operations platform providers Motive has raised a $150 million funding round.

J.P. Morgan appoints new Data Science leader, Arezu Moghadam

J.P. Morgan has hired Arezu Moghadam as managing director and global head of Data Science. 

SoundHound, Square partner to bring conversational AI to restaurants

SoundHound and Square are partnering to integrate SoundHound's conversational AI phone ordering automation with Square’s point-of-sale (POS) systems in a new offering.

DeepMind’s new AI can perform over 600 tasks, from playing games to controlling robots...

Gato is what DeepMind describes as a “general-purpose” system, a system that can be taught to perform many different types of tasks, writes Kyle Wiggers. Here is the link:

Clearview AI agrees to permanent ban on selling facial recognition to private companies —...

Facial recognition surveillance company Clearview AI has agreed to permanently ban most private companies from using its service under a court settlement, writes Adi Robertson. Here is the link:

SirionLabs raises $85M

SirionLabs has raised $85 million in Series D funding.

Synthesis AI raises $17M

San Francisco, Calif.-based Synthesis AI has closed $17 million in a Series A financing round.

Elementary raises $30M

Elementary, a startup working on an artificial intelligence-based platform for quality and inspection in manufacturing, has closed $30 million in a Series B funding round. The investment was led by Tiger Global....

Writer raises $21M

Writer, a company that provides an AI-based writing assistant for business use cases like marketing and documentation, has raised a $21 million Series A funding round.