Tag: Big Data

Directly raises $20 million to inject AI into customer service

According to CustomerTheromometer, 54% of customers have higher expectations for customer service today compared with one year ago. In order to meet those expectations, three entrepreneurs — Antony Brydon, Jean Tessier, Jeff Patterson — argue that a degree of automation is required. They’re the cofounders of Directly, a San Francisco, California-based company helping enterprise companies […]

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GM’s Super Cruise can now make lane changes automatically

Three years ago, in an effort to compete with increasingly sophisticated advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) like Tesla’s Autopilot, GM debuted Super Cruise, which it characterized at the time as the world’s first “true hands-free driving technology for the highway.” Using a combination of high-definition map data, a driver attention monitoring component, and an array of […]

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AppOmni raises $10 million to monitor and manage app security and compliance

Some estimates show that an astounding 92% of web apps have security flaws or weaknesses that can be exploited and some 16.2% of U.S. companies have two or more web apps that don’t securely store personally identifiable information. If you ask AppOmni founder Brendan O’Connor, the problem is less negligence than ignorance. Companies often lack […]

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Roambee raises $15.2 million to track physical assets with AI

An astonishing 55% of small businesses that deal in physical assets don’t manage them in any way. Roambee is working to change that. The Santa Clara, California-based startup provides on-demand shipment and asset monitoring for companies in the logistics, transportation, finance, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries, with products that combine internet of things sensors and AI […]

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ActiveCampaign raises $100 million to automate marketing campaigns with AI

The global campaign management software market was valued at approximately $1.85 billion in 2017, and it’s anticipated to grow at 15.65% from 2018 to 2025.  It’s a boom that’s undoubtedly benefited Jason F. VandeBoom’s ActiveCampaign, a customer experience automation platform founded in 2003 with the goal of developing a product suite designed to help businesses […]

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Miso Robotics unveils its next-gen robot kitchen assistant

According to a McKinsey & Company analysis, 73% of the activities food service workers perform have the potential for automation. This might seem like cause for alarm, but Miso Robotics, a startup developing automation products for fast-food and quick-service restaurant kitchens, asserts machines can boost productivity by working with humans as opposed to wholly replacing […]

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Persona raises $17.5 million to verify identities without humans in the loop

Deepfakes — which replace a figure in an existing image, audio recording, or video with someone else’s likeness — are on the rise, so it’s not surprising that adoption of identification (ID) verification technologies is also increasing. San Francisco-based Persona has been successfully riding this wave since it was founded in 2015, and now it’s […]

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Uber’s AI plays text-based games like a human

Can AI learn to play text-based games like a human? That’s the question applied scientists at Uber’s AI research division set out to answer in a recent study. Their exploration and imitation-learning-based system — which builds upon an earlier framework called Go-Explore — taps policies to solve a game by following paths (or trajectories) with […]

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Gravyty raises $21 million for AI fundraising platform

Nonprofit organizations send an average of 3 email newsletters and 2 donation appeals monthly, and for every 1,000 emails sent to subscribers, they raise an average of only $42. To help bolster their efforts, Adam Martel and Rich Palmer founded Gravyty in 2016, a Newton, Massachusetts-based startup leveraging AI and machine learning to help nonprofits […]

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Iguazio raises $24 million for AI development and management tools

AI adoption levels are higher than they’ve ever been in the enterprise. According to a January survey conducted by Gartner, corporate use of AI grew 270% over the past four years. But developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale requires a platform that supports doing so, which is what startup company Iguazio provides. Its […]

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Samsung’s VP of research on making Ballie mobile, personable, and nonthreatening

During a keynote at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Samsung unveiled Ballie, a small, autonomous rolling sphere with a built-in camera, microphone, and speaker. Details were tough to come by (and still are), but in an interview with VentureBeat, Sajid Sadi, vice president of research at Samsung and the head and cofounder […]

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AI Weekly: Calls for facial recognition moratorium highlight need for protection from surveillance tech

The debate over whether to ban or place moratoriums on the use of facial recognition started last year in cities like San Francisco, but the debate reignited this week when Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s open to a moratorium on facial recognition. “It [facial recognition regulation] can be immediate, but maybe there’s […]

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ProBeat: Why Google is really calling for AI regulation

On Sunday, the Financial Times published an op-ed penned by Sundar Pichai titled “Why Google thinks we need to regulate AI.” Whether he wrote it himself or merely signed off on it, Pichai clearly wants the world to know that as the CEO of Alphabet and Google, he believes AI is too important not to […]

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Amazon’s AI automatically dubs videos into other languages

Ever wish you could automatically dub foreign film dialogue into another tongue? Amazon’s on the case. In a paper published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers from the tech giant detailed a novel “speech-to-speech” pipeline that taps AI to align translated speech with original speech and fine-tune speech duration before adding background noise […]

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Aurora urges autonomous vehicle industry to adopt better safety metrics

Amazon-backed autonomous vehicle company Aurora is in search of better metrics by which to compare driverless system safety. In a Medium post this morning, CEO Chris Urmson noted that the commonly used disengagement number, which indicates how often a vehicle switched from autonomous to manual mode, doesn’t adequately capture improvements or their impact over time. […]

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London police deploy real-time facial recognition cameras

(Reuters) — British police are to start operational use of live facial recognition cameras in London, despite warnings over privacy from rights groups and concerns expressed by the government’s own surveillance watchdog. “The use of live facial recognition technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London,” the city’s Metropolitan Police said in […]

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AISense raises $10 million for AI transcription tool Otter

There’s plenty in the way of competition with respect to the audio transcription market, which is estimated to be worth $31.82 billion by 2025. But AISense — the startup behind speech-to-text service Otter — managed to carve out a niche for itself in the four years since its founding. Its funding reflects this — the […]

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Google schedules I/O 2020 for May 12-14 in Mountain View

It’s official: For the fifth year in a row, Google will host its annual I/O developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. (The event previously took place in San Francisco.) The dates — May 12 to May 14 — appeared after savvy social media users solved a series of online puzzles that went […]

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How open, trusted edge can help improve data sharing and monetization

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. Data is valuable only insofar as you can trust it. If you can’t be confident about its origin or contents, then the information isn’t worth much.That’s a big problem for businesses eyeing the 5G future and developing strategies for monetizing […]

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Uber begins mapping Washington D.C. for self-driving vehicles

Following hot on the heels of rival Waymo, Uber announced that it’s bringing self-driving cars to a new city: Washington D.C. In Medium post today, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) — the skunkworks group responsible for autonomous vehicles research — said that it will deploy a fleet of three cars in the nation’s capital starting […]

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Amazon explores a way to preserve privacy in natural language processing

Can privacy and security be preserved in the course of large-scale textual data analysis? As it turns out, yes. A team of Amazon researchers in a recently published study proposed a way to anonymize customer-supplied data. They claim that their approach, which works by re-phrasing samples and basing the analysis on the new phrasing, results […]

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To realize the promise of CES 2020, let’s address the real “I” in IoT: inefficiency

Presented by Avnet Connected things are no longer the exception. They’re the rule. Nowhere was this clearer to me than at CES this year, where virtually every thing on the floor — every robot, wearable, screen, vehicle, appliance, furnishing — was either somehow connected to the internet or at least was on track to be […]

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Waymo expands autonomous truck testing to Texas and New Mexico

Waymo, the Google parent company Alphabet subsidiary whose autonomous vehicles have driven more than 20 million miles, is expanding its geographic footprint into Texas and New Mexico. In a tweet this morning, Waymo announced it will begin testing self-driving trucks on “promising” commercial routes in the states as it pursues new transportation solutions, primarily along […]

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