Interactive Audio Ad startup Instreamatic raises $6.1M


Interactive audio ad platform Instreamatic announced a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by Progress Ventures. The funding, which also included Google Assistant Investments and Accomplice as investors, will go toward scaling the business and adding more features as interest in ads you can talk to begins to surge.

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Peloton acquires Voice Tech startup Aiqudo


Peloton Interactive has acquired industrial voice tech startup Aiqudo, according to a report in Bloomberg and confirmed by a source with knowledge of the transaction who could not speak on the record. Aiqudo, the developer of a white-label voice assistant for consumer and industrial use, was acquired in February for its technology and its team, many of whom are already listed as working for Peloton on LinkedIn.

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Replica Studios simplifies adding Synthetic Speech to games and movies

Synthetic speech added to game

Voice AI startup Replica Studios has unveiled a desktop app to streamline integrating synthetic speech into films and video games. The new computer app makes it easier to connect the company’s ‘cast’ of AI voices to projects, including support for Unreal Engine and the new MetaHuman virtual human design platform.

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Pindrop buys Enterprise Call Verification tech startup Next Caller


Voice identification developer Pindrop has acquired phone verification tech provider Next Caller for an undisclosed sum. The purchase expands Pindrop’s vocal security portfolio beyond biometrics and authentication with Next Caller’s phone spoofing and fraud detection features.

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GPT-3-Powered business writing assistant Copy.AI raises $2.9M

Copy AI

Enterprise writing assistant startup has raised $2.9 million in a seed funding round led by Craft Ventures as first revealed in a TechCrunch report. The startup uses artificial intelligence built on the powerful GPT-3 language model from OpenAI to help businesses write a growing variety of texts including advertisements, product descriptions, social media posts, among others.

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IBM Watson will moderate and analyze Grammy debates

Grammy debates with IBM Watson

IBM’s Watson AI will host and curate music debates for the Recording Academy ahead of the upcoming Grammy Awards. The Grammy Debates with Watson will leverage the AI’s analytical ability to decipher the best arguments and suggest which side has a stronger case in debates ranging from the relative importance of certain artists to the value of music education for children.

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Bank of America breaks company record for new Patents in 2020 led by AI and Digital Banking

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Bank of America broke its record for new patents in 2020, with 444 granted patents and 722 applications filed. Those numbers are among the highest for the financial services industry for the year, according to the latest list from the Intellectual Property Owners Association. AI and machine learning patents making up nearly one in five of the total.

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Humana Insurance and IBM Watson are building a Virtual Assistant for navigating Healthcare

IBM Watson Health

Health insurance giant Humana is launching a chatbot powered by IBM Watson’s conversational AI to give personalized assistance to people with health and dental insurance provided by their employer. Humana using the IBM Watson Assistant for Health Benefits marks a major milestone in the growing healthcare AI market, which has accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting demand on the healthcare industry and its ancillaries.

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Nuance acquires Medical Voice Assistant Startup Saykara

Saykara Nuance

Nuance announced that it had acquired healthcare artificial intelligence startup Saykara for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will bring the tech underlying Saykara’s voice assistant for doctors to Nuance’s conversational AI fro medical professionals, specifically the ambient clinical intelligence (ACI) designed to reduce doctor burnout.

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