Hire faster, work happier: Startups target employment with AI and engagement tools

Joanna Glasner At present, even AI boosters don’t tout the technology as a cure-all for troubles plaguing the talent recruitment space. While it’s true humans are biased and flawed when it comes to evaluating job candidates, artificially intelligent software suffers from many of the same bugs. For instance, Amazon scrapped…

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AI chip startup Graphcore closes $200M Series D, adds BMW and Microsoft as strategic investors

UK AI chip startup Graphcore has announced a $200 million Series D round today that’s jointly led by an existing investor, European VC Atomico, along with new investor Sofina, an investment holding firm. Graphcore says the Series D values the company at $1.7BN. We’ve confirmed the valuation is $1.5BN before including the…

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TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asias startups

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups in the region. The fund was launched in 2016 and it is a joint effort…

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MetaCert can catch phishing links in your email

MetaCert, founded by Paul Walsh, originally began as a way to watch chat rooms for fake Ethereum scams. Walsh, who was an early experimenter in cryptocurrencies, grew frustrated when he saw hackers dumping fake links into chat rooms, resulting in users regularly losing cash to scammers. Now Walsh has expanded…

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City of Orlando ends video surveillance project using Amazon’s Rekognition technology (for now)

Orlando is just one of a handful of cities across the country that is using or is thinking about using Rekognition for surveillance purposes. Amazon had been targeting cities and marketing this tool to law enforcement agencies nationwide.Image: John Raoux/AP/REX/Shutterstock The City of Orlando is no longer using Amazon to…

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AI Chatbots Try to Schedule MeetingsWithout Enraging Us

OK, that’s peevish. However trivial it may sound, creating an AI program to successfully schedule meetings is a monstrously difficult challenge, and the people who are trying to perfect Andrew Ingram—the 53 full-time employees of X.ai—are some of the most dedicated nerds you’ll ever meet. Dressed in T-shirts and jeans,…

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