Why will the next successful Startup out of the COVID-19 era be AI-First?

World in 1s and 0s

The impact of the COVID-19-driven crisis is far more significant than any other crisis in recent history. So what kind of company can we expect in terms of the next big thing emerging? Most likely, such a company will likely be AI-first from the start to embed AI in virtually every aspect of the product or the service.

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Toyota subsidiary acquires Lyft self-driving division for $550M


Woven Planet, a newly established Toyota subsidiary, today announced plans to acquire the self-driving division of Lyft, Level 5, in a deal worth $550 million. The companies say that the purchase will bring together roughly 1,200 scientists and software engineers from Level 5, Woven Planet, and researchers from Toyota Research Institute already working together with Woven Planet.

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Machine Learning for Product Managers: Scoping a Smart Feature

Man at a whiteboard

This article came out of a presentation that I gave to our Product organization around defining and building AI features. It’s the first in a series where I unpack the questions that a product team should consider as they’re looking to understand where machine learning can supercharge their user journey and where it might fall flat.

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Is EU’s proposed AI Regulation a threat to Tech Companies?

The European Union is planning to regulate artificial intelligence which can be daunting for companies that took a stand against the rules on mass surveillance and discrimination. Draft legislation that got leaked prior to its official release suggests that the EU is trying to find another way on AI regulation, something that’s between the U.S and the Chinese rules. Tech companies in the EU might face a hefty fine because of the proposed artificial intelligence regulations.

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[Poscast] Dr. Patricia Scanlon of SoapBox Labs talks Voice AI and education

Dr Patricia Scanlon

Dr. Patricia Scanlon is CEO and co-founder of SoapBox Labs, the leading company focused on voice recognition technology for children. In today’s interview, Scanlon discusses the EdTech market, the changing perceptions of venture capital related to the segment, new applications for speech recognition for children, and how COVID-19 has impacted the market.

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‘Make Algorithmic Audits as ubiquitous as Seatbelts’—Why Tech needs outside help to Serve Humanity

Gemma Galdon

Gemma Galdon is a leading voice on tech ethics and algorithmic accountability. In our conversation, she explains the pitfalls of algorithms, the dangers of an “I’m just the tech guy” attitude, and how to help technologists overcome bias. This piece is part of Ashoka’s series on Tech & Humanity.

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Abbott’s new coronary imaging platform powered by Artificial Intelligence launches in Europe

Coronary imaging

To give clinicians a quick, cross-sectional look into potential blockages of the heart’s major arteries, Abbott has combined digital imaging technology with artificial intelligence to build an automated system for cardiac procedures. he company’s Ultreon software relies on catheters equipped with optical coherence tomography, which uses laser light to scan the interior of a blood vessel and the immediately surrounding tissues to detect calcium and plaque deposits, while also instantly measuring the diameter of an artery.

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[Paper Review] Reinforcement Learning for Production Scheduling

Machine tools

Application-oriented overview of our latest paper on Reinforcement Learning for Combinatorial Optimization. Recently I was lucky enough to be a part of the team that has published the paper “SOLO: Search Online, Learn Offline” at SoCS’21. Though the paper is rather applied, it was still written as a scientific publication and might be a tough read for someone who isn’t used to it.

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AppTek Expands its workbench Data Labeling and Annotation Platform to include Labeling for Computer Vision and Multimodal AI Models at Scale

Apptek platform

AppTek, a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Natural Language Processing / Understanding (NLP/U) technologies, today announced the expansion of its Workbench data labeling and annotation platform to include video labeling capabilities for computer vision models, in addition to its industry-leading ASR, NMT, TTS, and NLP/U data services.

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Europe – commission legal framework on Artificial Intelligence could impact Talent Acquisition and Assessment

European Union

The European Commission is proposing the first ever legal framework on Artificial Intelligence, which addresses the risks of AI and aims to develop an ecosystem of trust around AI. The proposal is based on EU values and fundamental rights and aims to give people the confidence to embrace AI-based solutions, while encouraging businesses to develop them.

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Towards MLOps: Technical capabilities of a Machine Learning platform

Large organisations rely increasingly on continuous ML pipelines to keep their ever-increasing number of machine-learned models up-to-date. Reliability and scalability of these ML pipelines are needed because disruptions in the pipeline can result in model staleness and other negative effects on the quality of downstream services supported by these models¹.

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