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Microsoft Ventures, Madrona and others launch $3.5M AI startup competition

Microsoft Ventures today announced a new AI startup competition with a total prize purse of $3.5 million in investments into the winners. The firm is partnering with Madrona Venture Partners, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures to host this competition, which is looking for (very) early-stage AI startups in North America, …

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Nvidia’s new Pegasus AI computer is designed to drive autonomous taxis

Nvidia revealed a new artificial intelligence computer based on its Drive PX platform designed specifically to bring Level 5 (completely self-driving) autonomous vehicles to market. The Drive PX Pegasus builds on its predecessor the Drive PX 2, offering over 10 times as many operations per second in terms of computing …

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Apple ‘acqui-hired’ the team from messaging assistant Init.ai to work on Siri

Earlier this week, a small startup called Init.ai announced that it soon would be discontinuing its service — a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions — because the team was (according to …

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A beginner’s guide to A.I. superintelligence and ‘the singularity’

As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly prevalent in the modern world, there’s a good chance you’ve heard people saying “the singularity.” In this post, we explore what that term means, and how it became a part of the popular vernacular. The post A beginner’s guide to A.I. superintelligence and ‘the singularity’ …

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