Intel Capital pumps $72M into AI, IoT, cloud and silicon startups, $115M invested so far in 2018


Intel Capital, the investment arm of the computer processor giant, is today announcing $72 million in funding for the 12 newest startups to enter its portfolio, bringing the total invested so far this year to $115 million. A detailed list is below. Other notable news from the event included a new deal between the NBA and Intel Capital to work on more collaborations in delivering sports content, an area where Intel has already been working for years; and the news that Intel has now invested $125 million in startups headed by minorities, women and other under-represented groups as part of its Diversity Initiative. The mark was reached 2.5 years ahead of schedule, it said. The range of categories of the startups that Intel is investing in is a mark of how the company continues to back ideas that it views as central to its future business -- and specifically where it hopes its processors will play a central role, such as AI, IoT and cloud.

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman makes record-breaking gift to U of T's Faculty of Information for chair in AI


Reid Hoffman has made a gift of $2.45 million to the University of Toronto's iSchool to establish a chair to study how the new era of artificial intelligence (AI) will affect our lives. As co-founder of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock – an influential venture capital firm – Hoffman is widely respected as one of Silicon Valley's most visionary and innovative leaders. With its focus on AI, the chair reflects Hoffman's longstanding interest in cognitive science and philosophy, and his abiding fascination with questions about what artificial intelligence will mean for humanity. The Reid Hoffman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and the Human starts this fall, and will operate through the spring semester of 2024, supporting extensive research into these and related questions surrounding AI. The chair will also give a public lecture on the topic each year.

Trusting Watson: Will IBM's Artificial Intelligence Moves Repair Bad PR?


Poor publicity has plagued IBM Watson for the past 12 months and overshadowed some real progress in artificial intelligence. But recent events suggest the tide may be turning. Named after IBM's first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson, IBM's artificial intelligence (AI) platform arrived with much fanfare in 2011 when it beat human contestants on American TV show "Jeopardy." Yet a recent string of bad publicity has hit Watson and cast a shadow over IBM's efforts. It comes just as enterprise interest in AI has accelerated and competitors such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services have piled into the market.

Amazon debuts 'Scout' shopping site that creates personalized recommendations

Daily Mail

Amazon is giving users a new way to shop. The tech giant has launched'Scout,' a new unit of its sprawling e-commerce site, that uses machine learning to serve up personalized product recommendations. Users simply click the thumbs up or thumbs down button and Amazon will respond by showing other products based on their choices. Amazon has launched'Scout,' a new unit of its sprawling e-commerce site, that uses machine learning to serve up personalized product recommendations based on users' interests The firm hasn't yet promoted the site, but it's being tested on the Amazon site and in the app, according to CNBC, which first spotted the move. For now, Scout is limited to offering recommendations for home furniture, kitchen and dining products, women's shoes, patio furniture, lighting and bedding.

Swarm AI Sets New Benchmark in Diagnostic Study


A "Hive Mind" of Doctors, moderated by AI algorithms, makes more accurate diagnoses than the Doctors or Machine Learning alone, according to a new study from Stanford and Unanimous AI For more info visit

AI Generated 'Fake News' is Here and There is a Plan to Stop it with AI - AI Technologies


In 2018, FireEye – a company based in California – informed Facebook and Google about a large group of fake Iranian social media accounts that was running movements to control the U.S people. As a result, Facebook and Google identified them, along with fake YouTube channels and blogs, using back-end data and then removed them. "Right now, you know something's automated just by the sheer volume of content pushing out," Lee Foster, information operations manager at FireEye, says. "It's not possible for a human to do this, so it's clearly not organically created. Often you'll see automated retweeting of some list of accounts that just to boost out a message.

With Einstein Voice, conversational CRM is about to go mainstream


I have to say right off the top here: Chuck Ganapathi was right! Chuck, the founder and CEO of Tact.AI, a startup focused on changing the way sales people interact with their CRM systems using their voice, told me a couple of months ago that every major CRM vendor will announce a voice offering by the end of the year. I believed him, because I've been waiting for a while for that to happen, but all the vendors I talked to didn't seem to be moving in that direction. When I got my first Echo device in November 2014, I immediately started thinking about how this could make CRM applications easier to use, but more so about how it can make customer experiences better. I started doing presentations on voice-first and customer engagement in 2015, including the last three years at CRM magazine's annual event, CRM Evolution.

#KindrGrindr: Gay dating app launches anti-racism campaign

BBC News

If you're a black or Asian user of gay dating app Grindr, then it's possible you've encountered racism while using it. Some users of the app have said they've come across what they believe are discriminatory statements on other profiles - things like "no blacks and no Asians". Others say they've faced racist comments in conversation with users when they've rejected their advances. Now Grindr has taken a stand against discrimination on its platform and says no user is entitled to tear another down for "being who they are". It's launched the #KindrGrindr campaign to raise awareness of racism and discrimination and promote inclusivity among users.

'Alexa – can you teach my kids some manners, please?'

The Guardian

The work of an etiquette expert is never-ending. No sooner have you adjusted to a world in which the households you advise may have few or – whisper it – no staff, than the technology giants develop personal assistants using artificial intelligence. It is a whole new minefield and, as the Times reports, one already developing new expertise. One BBC tech executive told a conference audience on Tuesday that her solution to children developing poor manners due to Alexa, Siri and their rivals (the AI will respond whether you say "please" or not) was for adults in the house to say "please" and "thank you" to the AIs at all times. With that first step in mind, here is our extensive and scientific list of etiquette do's and don'ts when dealing with your AI assistant: Do: say please and thank you.

6 Key Considerations When Deploying Conversational AI


Successfully deploying conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is like no other digital business-process upgrade. In fact, it's not an IT upgrade in the conventional sense; conversational AI does nothing less than usher sophisticated robotics into the front office. The surest route to project failure would be taking this fact for granted. Where these cross-channel AI systems--designed to interact naturally and fluidly with internal users and/or customers in text or verbal conversation--are most like traditional business systems is in how short-sighted decisions can doom development and hobble future productivity. What should you keep in mind when deploying conversational AI?