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AISense raises $10 million for AI transcription tool Otter

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There's plenty in the way of competition in 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 -- has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the four years since its founding. Today the company confirmed to VentureBeat that it has raised $10 million in a round led by strategic backer NTT Docomo's Docomo Ventures, with participation from Fusion Fund, GGV, Dragon Dragon Fund, Duke University Innovation Fund, Harris Barton Asset Management, Slow Ventures, and others. This brings AISense's total venture capital raised to $23 million, following previous rounds totaling $13 million. As part of Docomo's investment, the Tokyo-based mobile phone operator says it's piloting Otter in Berlitz's English language classes in Japan.


SoftBank-backed CloudMinds slashes workforce amid cash burn: sources The Guardian

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TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank-backed cloud robotics and artificial intelligence startup CloudMinds is slashing its global workforce as it burns through cash after repeated attempts to list on the stock market, people familiar with the matter said. Headed by former China Mobile 0941.HK research whiz Bill Huang, money-losing CloudMinds is the latest SoftBank 9984.T portfolio company to lay off workers. The job cuts include in China, two sources said, where the bulk of the company's workforce is based and where it generates most of its revenues. All the sources declined to be identified because the information is not public. CloudMinds did not respond to requests for comment and a SoftBank representative declined to comment.


Otter.ai expands in Japan in partnership with NTT DOCOMO

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Otter.ai to Bring AI-Powered Meeting Note Collaboration Service to Japan in partnership with NTT DOCOMO Partnership includes Investment and Customer Trials of Otter's Real-Time Transcription Los Altos, CA, January 23, 2020 –Otter.ai DOCOMO made a strategic investment in Otter through its wholly-owned subsidiary NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and announced plans for its AI-based translation service subsidiary to integrate Otter's meeting note collaboration into its offering to provide highly accurate English transcripts translated into Japanese. As a part of Otter's customer engagement with DOCOMO the Otter Voice Meeting Notes application is being used on a trial basis in Berlitz Corporation's English language classes in Japan. Students use Otter to transcribe and review the content of lessons, click on sections of text, and initiate voice playback. DOCOMO, Otter.ai and Berlitz are expanding their collaboration in language education to verify Otter's effectiveness in the study of English DOCOMO is featuring Otter during demonstrations at the DOCOMO Open House 2020, taking place in the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex January 23 and 24, 2020.


What does an Artificial Intelligence Specialist actually do?

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In mid December, LinkedIn revealed that Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist was the top emerging job for 2020; this may not be of much surprise but it does beg the question of what AI specialists actually do, and what the job entails. What are the exact skills and knowledge businesses need from AI Specialists? Artificial Intelligence is a huge buzz word, and is discussed regularly in the media, sometimes conjuring images of robot workers and other futuristic scenarios. We want to break through the AI haze and confusion, and drill down on what AI actually is; if these specialists are so in demand this calendar year, what is it that they will actually be delivering for small business? Dynamic Business has previously explored what AI is, and today we are building on that understanding, with an interview from Jeff Olson, who is Head of Applied AI & Analytics for ANZ, Cognizant.


AI/ML Software Engineer

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Qualcomm is a company of inventors that unlocked 5G - ushering in an age of rapid acceleration in connectivity and new possibilities that will transform industries, create jobs, and enrich lives. But this is just the beginning. It takes inventive minds with diverse skills, backgrounds, and cultures to transform 5Gs potential into world-changing technologies and products. This is the Invention Age - and this is where you come in. In addition to world-renowned strengths in wireless connectivity solutions, Qualcomm has invested significantly for years in research and development in advanced sensor technology, machine learning(ML) and artificial intelligence(AI) for environment sensing, perception and cognition.


AI Automation Startup Zinier Raises $90M - SDxCentral

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Zinier, a company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate field work, has raised $90 million in a Series C funding round, bringing its total amount raised to $120 million. The startup plays heavily in the telecom sector -- 80% of its existing customers are in the space, including network operators, equipment vendors and suppliers, contractors, and engineers, according to Zinier's co-founder and CEO Arka Dhar. That's also reflected by the firms that returned to invest in this latest round, including Nokia-backed NGP Capital and Qualcomm Ventures. New investor Iconiq Capital led the round with participation from Tiger Global Management, Accel, Founders Fund, and Newfund Capital. "Zinier is going to play a very, very important role there," Dhar said in a phone interview.


Artificial Intelligence-Emotion Recognition Market 2019 Growing Demands and Precise Outlook – Microsoft, Softbank, Realeyes, INTRAface – Dagoretti News

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The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Artificial Intelligence-Emotion Recognition including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Artificial Intelligence-Emotion Recognition investments from 2019 till 2025. The Global Artificial Intelligence-Emotion Recognition Market is expected to grow from USD 813.56 Million in 2018 to USD 1,890.67 The positioning of the Global Artificial Intelligence-Emotion Recognition Market vendors in FPNV Positioning Matrix are determined by Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) and placed into four quadrants (F: Forefront, P: Pathfinders, N: Niche, and V: Vital). The report presents the market competitive landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/key players in the market.


Will SD-WAN Solve IoT's Toughest Questions? - SDxCentral

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IoT and SD-WAN might not sound like they belong together, but ask VMware's VeloCloud or managed service provider Apcela and you might be surprised by what they have to say. The two companies see SD-WAN as the key to making large IoT deployments manageable at a human scale. Sanjay Uppal, who co-founded VeloCloud and now serves as the head of VMware's SD-WAN division, said the expanding scope of SD-WAN has opened the door to several applications that the technology wouldn't normally be associated with, and IoT is one of them. "You think of IoT, it's not just IoT running on a cellular network or IoT running on Bluetooth, you could absolutely run IoT on your enterprise SD-WAN," Uppal said in an earlier interview. "Just think of that IoT traffic as a new data type that you will steer across the WAN and you can add services to it as it is steered."


What does an Artificial Intelligence Specialist actually do?

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In mid December, LinkedIn revealed that Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist was the top emerging job for 2020; this may not be of much surprise but it does beg the question of what AI specialists actually do, and what the job entails. What are the exact skills and knowledge businesses need from AI Specialists? Artificial Intelligence is a huge buzz word, and is discussed regularly in the media, sometimes conjuring images of robot workers and other futuristic scenarios. We want to break through the AI haze and confusion, and drill down on what AI actually is; if these specialists are so in demand this calendar year, what is it that they will actually be delivering for small business? Dynamic Business has previously explored what AI is, and today we are building on that understanding, with an interview from Jeff Olson, who is Head of Applied AI & Analytics for ANZ, Cognizant.


Telcos collaborate to scale the benefits of AIOps - TM Forum Inform

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The AIOps Catalyst team's work has resulted in a new collaborative workstream focused around the topic within TM Forum. Artificial intelligence (AI) offers huge opportunities for communications service providers (CSPs) to do things better, faster and cheaper. In fact, they have no choice but to introduce AI into operations and business processes due to growing complexity and the sheer volume of data and transactions. However, as well as delivering huge benefits, the introduction of AI also creates new challenges relating to the management of services and processes. A TM Forum Catalyst team is taking a two-pronged approach, tackling both these areas simultaneously to ensure CSPs – and their customers – reap the rewards of AI.