Equifax will pay $640 million for Kount’s AI-driven identity and fraud prevention tools

Equifax today announced that it would pay $640 million to acquire Kount, a company that uses artificial intelligence to drive its fraud prevention and digital identity services. In a press release, Equifax executives said the deal would allow the company to further expand into these markets. Kount uses AI to analyze 32 billion transactions across 17 billion devices. As the system builds its intelligence, it is shifting from only analysis to predictive modes with the goal of helping companies prevent digital fraud.

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Blue Prism launches venture fund to expand global use of cloud RPA

Last April, robotic process automation firm Blue Prism bolstered its own balance sheet with a $124 million financing round, enabling the maker of enterprise-class software robots to expand its suite of AI agents and dashboards. Now the company is launching a venture fund to bring RPA technologies to new clients, starting with the Asia-Pacific region before expanding to “the entire globe.”

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Stanford researchers propose AI that figures out how to use real-world objects

One longstanding goal of AI research is to allow robots to meaningfully interact with real-world environments. In a recent paper, researchers at Stanford and Facebook took a step toward this by extracting information related to actions like pushing or pulling objects with movable parts and using it to train an AI model. For example, given a drawer, their model can predict that applying a pulling force on the handle would open the drawer.

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Top 10 Computer Vision papers 2020

Even with everything that happened in the world this year, we still had the chance to see a lot of amazing research come out. Especially in the field of artificial intelligence and more precisely computer vision. Artificial intelligence and our understanding of the human brain and its link to AI is constantly evolving, showing promising applications in the soon future, which I will definitely cover. Here are my top 10 of the most interesting research papers of the year in computer vision, in case you missed any of them.

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When will AI become superhuman?

In 2018, IBM released the world’s smallest computer — 1mm x 1mm. It has enough computing power to handle basic AI tasks, and can even work with blockchain. AI is now able to detect cancer better than human doctors, beat world champions at chess, create art and drive a complete car by itself! I think John McCarthy would’ve been proud of the rate at which tech has been rising in the world. So, when will AI become superhuman?

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11 programming books that can help you become a better programmer

A reading guide for those serious about programming. There’s no single programming book that will make you a better programmer. The best books to learn to code can vary based on what language you’re pursuing, so the sections below didn’t just focus on one language but eleven. Without further ado, here are some of the books every programmer should read.

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This biotech startup just raised £5.15M to build the future of medicines with AI

Budapest-based private biotech company Turbine develops a simulation-based, AI-driven, scalable drug discovery platform. The company’s Stimulated Cell unlocks novel therapies for high unmet oncology. Turbine’s technology has been validated in several collaborations with pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer.

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UK biotech startup Peptone grabs £1.84M to make drug discovery faster and more effective with AI

The global COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled a grave issue – the requirement to develop efficient drugs quickly. 2020 has been a tough year that has seen scientists heralded as heroes and the future of protein-based medicine has sat at the coalface of a pandemic. Several startups are looking to increase the pharmaceutical industry’s chances of developing future medicines quicker than ever before.

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