Artificial intelligence startup Genus AI scores $1m

  • Genus AI will use the money to expand its technology team in London and boost its sales operations in the US – the startup’s primary market.
  • Despite increasing amount of data and computing power organisations are still struggling to engage with customers in an authentic way,” said Tadas Jucikas, CEO and co-founder of Genus AI.
  • “At Genus AI we are building a new kind of artificial intelligence system which helps us inform and have a positive impact on the real world.
  • Our technology has been in development with our customers for almost two years and I am extremely excited to welcome our new investors to help us bring Genus AI to the next level of growth,” he continued.
  • Set up alongside Brent Clickard and Tobias Kloepper, Genus AI leverages machine learning, neuroscience, psychology and behavioural sciences to enable customers to engage with brands in an emotionally intelligent way.

The round was led by early-stage technology investment firm Picus Capital.
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How to Embrace AI for Enacting Humanitarian Change

How to Embrace #AI for Enacting Humanitarian Change

  • One of the first efforts is an AI-based tool that will use social media and other data to pick good candidates for peer leaders among homeless youths around Los Angeles.
  • Unlike traditional approaches, AI systems can reveal novel ways of looking at social data, finding patterns or indicators that social scientists may overlook.
  • Building on an open-source codebase and leveraging tools such as IBM Watson’s backend, the best solutions for social problems will likely come from those who are local to the issues  and

    But openness won’t be the only hallmark of this new wave of AI.

  • Today’s conscientious tech leaders should look for opportunities to engage with social entrepreneurship for several reasons.
  • Even employees volunteering for a local charity will help bring ideas about social good into the company.

Artificial intelligence brings new opportunities for social change. Here are four steps for improving your startup’s compassion quotient.
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Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Meet Nadia, the freakishly “human” chatbot who can read your emotions

  • The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot that can not only portray human emotion, but also read human facial expressions.
  • Soul Machines call this the avatar’s ’emotional intelligence’ or EI, which allows bots like Nadia to connect with people on a more subtle emotional level.
  • The brain behind Nadia is Mark Sagar, professor at the University of Auckland and CEO of Soul Machines.
  • Nadia, who is voiced by none other than the amazingly talented Cate Blanchett, was developed for the Australian government to improve services for people with disabilities.
  • Nadia was created to fix all that and make a more human service available anytime and anywhere.

A new chatbot from Soul Machines is not only incredibly life-like but it can also read people’s emotions through tone and facial expressions.
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AI is learning to speed read

AI is learning to speed read

  • As clever as machine learning is, there’s one common problem: you frequently have to train the AI on thousands or even millions of examples to make it effective.
  • If Gamalon has its way, you could put AI to work almost immediately.
  • The startup has unveiled a new technique, Bayesian Program Synthesis, that promises AI you can train with just a few samples.
  • If you show it very short and tall chairs, for example, it should figure out that there are many chair sizes in between.

As clever as machine learning is, there’s one common problem: you frequently have to train the AI on thousands or even millions of examples to make it effective…
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AI Llistens to Your Engine and Tells You if You’re Running into Problems

#AI system listens to your engine and tells you if you’re running into problems

  • “I was on a train about three years ago, going back to my hotel after a business meeting,” 3DSignals CEO Amnon Shenfeld told Digital Trends.
  • I had the thought that maybe if there was a train mechanic or engineer sitting on the train, they could tell us if the noise was normal and, if not, where it was coming from and whether it could be safely ignored.”
  • Shenfeld said his company never set out to create its own hardware, but had to in order to carry out its mission statement.
  • It was the same week that a train had overturned in Spain, injuring a lot of people.
  • AI system listens to your engine and tells you if you’re running into problems

An innovative AI startup from Israel is using deep-learning AI technology to listen to machinery and predict whether it’s about to go wrong.
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Google’s prototype machine learning software lets you enhance low-res photos

Google's prototype machine learning software lets you enhance low-res photos

  • Now compare that to the composite image below, which shows the low-res image on the left, and the traditionally upsampled version on the right.
  • In the composite image from Google below, the top section is the original, low-res picture, and the bottom is the RAISR-enhanced version.
  • The adaptive upsampling means the resulting, zoomed images are less blurry.
  • But while traditional upsampling methods make these images bigger by filling in new pixel values using fixed rules, RAISR adapts its methods to the type of image its looking at.
  • Google PhotoScan turns your prints into high-quality digital images

Pulling up a low-quality image and telling the computer to “enhance” the resolution has long been the stuff of TV fantasy. But, thanks to machine learning, we are actually getting much better at…
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Fei Fei Li Looks to Solve the Problem of Artificial Intelligence

Fei Fei Li Looks to Solve the Problem of Artificial Intelligence  #ai

  • Fei Fei Li Looks to Solve the Problem of Artificial Intelligence
  • Visual intelligence is a key aspect of general intelligence.”
  • As many know and Li emphasized, artificial intelligence has become a staple of technology in recent years .
  • “Machine learning is helping to address the most important and fundamental problems with artificial intelligence.”
  • Learning is the path to visual intelligence.”

Fei Fei Li is the keynote speaker at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016. Artificial intelligence is the topic and she is doing her part to fix the glaring issues.
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Apple buys Turi artificial intelligence startup for $200 million

Apple just spent $200 million for more artificial intelligence expertise

  • Apple confirmed the purchase to Geekwire , giving its standard non-denial:Â
  • Apple has heavily invested in artificial intelligence in recent years, especially through purchases.
  • Apple has bought Turi , a Seattle-based machine learning startup.
  • Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.Â
  • Apple has bought Turi, a Seattle-based…

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Apple has bought Turi, a Seattle-based machine learning startup.


Apple buys Turi artificial intelligence startup for $200 million

This London startup is using AI to brew beer

Proof #London still has the edge! - This startup is using #AI to brew beer  via @thenextweb

  • The London startup is using AI to brew beer
  • Update: We misreported that IntelligentX’s AI is powered by IBM Watson.
  • The company actually uses its own machine learning algorithm; we’ve now updated our story to reflect that.
  • A startup in London has finally figured a genuinely useful application: brewing quality beers.
  • Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.

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IntelligentX receives customer feedback on its basic beers via a Messenger chatbot and sends it to its AI to improve its recipes.


This London startup is using AI to brew beer

Twitter buys deep learning startup Magic Pony in live video push

Twitter buys deep learning startup Magic Pony in live video push  by @harrisonweber

  • A Twitter spokesperson declined to share how much the company paid for Magic Pony.
  • Magic Pony said in a separate announcement that Twitter will use its “technology to improve the visual experiences that are delivered across their apps.”
  • Twitter buys deep learning startup Magic Pony in live video push
  • In a blog post , Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the startup’s tech “will be used to enhance our strength in live and video and opens up a whole lot of exciting creative possibilities for Twitter.”
  • That “product” is a reference to Twitter itself, not an entirely new service, a Twitter spokesperson said.

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Today Twitter announced that it’s acquired Magic Pony, an 18-month-old machine learning startup with a funny name.


Twitter buys deep learning startup Magic Pony in live video push