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AgroScout Raises $7.5 Million to Expand its AI-based Agronomy Analytics Service

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The AgroScout platform collects data to create powerful analytics for actionable insights in crop management. AgroScout monitors the crop from emergence stand count, through canopy coverage estimates, and plant biomass, throughout the season. AgroScout announced today that it has completed a Series A investment round of $7.5 million to expedite the development of its AI cloud platform for remote agronomy, and to increase its accessibility to the 500 million mostly unserved farms worldwide. The platform allows all growers - from the biggest to the smallest - to efficiently comply with the rising demand for sustainable crop protection and carbon accountability. The investment round was led by Kibbutz Yotvata.


LumenVox Launches Next-Generation Automatic Speech Recognition Engine with Transcription

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SAN DIEGO, August 03, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LumenVox, a leading provider of speech and voice technology, today announced its next-generation Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine with transcription. The new engine, built on a foundation of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep machine learning (ML), outpaces its competition in delivering the most accurate speech-enabled customer experiences. The new LumenVox ASR engine stands apart from the rest with its end-to-end Deep Neural Network (DNN) architecture and its state-of-the-art speech recognition processing capabilities. The new ASR engine not only accelerates the ability to add new languages and dialects but also provides a modern toolset to expand the language model to serve a more diverse base of users. "New demands have redefined the very meaning of Automated Speech Recognition," said Dan Miller, lead analyst at Opus Research.


'Jane' Starring Madelaine Petsch Delays Filming Due To COVID-19 Cases On Set

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Startup studio and streaming service Creator Plus delayed its filming schedule for "Jane" after two COVID-19 cases were confirmed on set in New Mexico. In a statement obtained by Variety, Creator Plus said the cases were detected "while adhering to strict safety daily testing protocols." "As a result, we immediately implemented a six-day shutdown, which started yesterday (as a half day) from the initial case we received. All lead actors are continuing to test negative despite exposure. We're working closely with our SAG representatives, the CDC and the All Together New Mexico'COVID Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers' while upholding SAG's Return to Work agreement," the company said in a statement Wednesday.


US-Israeli Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Revolutionize Real Estate Industry - The Media Line

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Artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize the real estate industry and make the homebuying process much more transparent, AI-driven startup Localize believes. Headquartered in New York City, Localize was founded in Israel in 2012 and also has offices in Tel Aviv. The startup, which operates in Israel under the name Madlan, launched in the United States in 2019 and began working with real estate agents and brokerages earlier this year. It has developed an AI- and big data-based platform that enables both buyers and brokers to streamline house-hunting, a traditionally low-tech process. "Our goal is to reinvent homebuying," Localize President and Chief Operating Officer Omer Granot told The Media Line.


FDL USA Digital Showcase Register Your Interest

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We would like to invite you to our FDL USA Digital Showcase on Friday 13 August 2021. FDL USA is a public private partnership between NASA, the SETI Institute, Trillium Technologies and leaders in commercial AI, space exploration and Earth Science. FDL USA is once again pushing the boundaries of applied AI in ways that offer a tantalizing vision of what's on the horizon and our 7 challenge teams from FDL USA are excited to showcase and share their research outcomes they have been able to achieve during the 8 week research sprint. Please join for a celebration of the application of cutting edge AI in space science and exploration. For further information visit on this year's challenge teams visit fdl.ai


Exscientia - Exscientia Builds Automated Laboratories in Oxford to Expand Pipeline

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Exscientia today announced the opening of a 21,000 square foot expansion of its facilities at Oxford Science Park, increasing capacity for its technology teams as well as significantly expanding its laboratory-based experimental capabilities in structural biology, biophysics and high-content pharmacology. In parallel, Exscientia is building a new 26,000 square foot robotic laboratory at nearby Milton Park, Oxfordshire focused on the automation of chemistry and biology to accelerate drug discovery. This will take Exscientia towards its goal of drugs designed by AI, made by robot. "Exscientia has grown significantly in 2021, driven by new partnerships with leading pharma and biotech companies, as well as by our in-house drug discovery work. Our pipeline includes more than 25 active research programs across therapeutic areas, with a focus on immunology and oncology," said Dr. David Hallet, Chief Operating Officer of Exscientia.


Inceptio Technology raises $270M for autonomous trucking tech

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Inceptio Technology, a China-based developer of autonomous trucking technology, raised a $270 million Series B round of funding. Inceptio said the funding will allow it to accelerate the development of its full-stack autonomous driving system called "Xuanyuan" and speed up its deployment in electrification. Inceptio, which was founded in 2018, has raised approximately $490 million to date. It raised a $100 million Series A round in April 2020, followed by an additional $100 million in November 2020. The Series B round was led by JD Logistics, Meituan, and PAG.


Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence from the 18th Century

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Research from the University of Kent (@UniKent) and Aalto University (@AaltoUniversity), Finland, has concluded with four key guidelines for how society should view and utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI), based on fictional scenarios in 18th Century literature. The paper, 'Embodiment in 18th Century Depictions of Human-Machine Co-Creativity', notes that AI is viewed broadly as a tool to enhance creativity, but is actually developed to such sophistication that the AI can become co-creator to the final product. Whilst this is evident in modern computer software, ideas about creative AI feature in many books from the past, particularly in works of fiction, drama and poetry. The 18th Century was the period of the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment across Europe, and many advances were made in the development of'automata' and other robotic systems. The literature of the time reflects this with such broadmindedness that it still highly relevant in our own AI-dominated world.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chips Market to grow by USD 73.49 billion

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The artificial intelligence (AI) chips market report offers a comprehensive analysis of the strategies adopted by vendors and the trends, drivers, and challenges affecting the market size. The report identifies the increasing adoption of AI chips in data centers as one of the major factors driving the growth of the market. The report also provides information on other latest trends and drivers impacting the overall market environment. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chips Market is segmented by product (ASICs, GPUs, CPUs, and FPGAs) and geography (North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA). The convergence of AI and IoT will be crucial in fueling the growth of the market over the forecast period.


How to Use Conversational AI to Accelerate Revenue Growth for Your Company

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It can be difficult to make sure chats are responded to within the right amount of time after a customer asks a question. It can be expensive to staff live chat 24/7. However, only staffing during the day could result in lost interactions that drive revenue. Chat should not be put on every webpage on your site. Only place them on high-intent pages related to sales, or your sales team could get inundated with unrelated questions all day.