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...

Quantilope raises $28M

Agile insights platform company Quantilope has raised $28 million in a Series B funding round.

Autodesk to acquire Pype

Autodesk has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pype, a provider of cloud-based solutions for automating construction project management workflows.

Q&A: Facebook’s CTO is at war with bad content, and AI is his best...

Mike Schroepfer explains Facebook’s AI strategy against hate speech and election interference, writes Tekla S. Perry. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/qa-facebooks-cto-is-at-war-with-bad-content-and-ai-is-his-best-weapon

LogicHub selected by Defense Innovation Unit to deliver intelligent decision automation platform

LogicHub was selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization, to deliver an Intelligent Decision Automation Platform (iDAP) prototype.

CMU, Facebook working on ‘common sense’ semantic navigation systems for robots

A "semantic" navigation system developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI Research (FAIR) can concentrate on relationships between objects and room layouts, rather than also learning route planning.

Armaments Research Company awarded Air Force $1.5M ground sensor data contract

Armaments Research Company (ARC), an IoT and predictive analytics company, was given a $1.5 milion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract.

Afresh raises $12M

Afresh Technologies, an artificial intelligence-powered fresh food optimization platform for grocers, has raised a $12 million Series A follow-on round of funding.

Duality Technologies awarded DARPA contract for privacy-preserving ML capabilities

Duality Technologies, a provider of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs), has contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a privacy-preserving Machine Learning (ML) capability.

Lanxess, Infosys ink infrastructure digitization deal

Infosys has inked a long term partnership with Lanxess, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Germany.