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    1. Borealis AI opening Montreal lab with Jackie Cheung as academic advisor

      Borealis AI opening Montreal lab with Jackie Cheung as academic advisor

      By Jessica Galang Canadian Startup News November 21, 2017 Borealis AI opening Montreal lab with Jackie Cheung as academic advisor RBC’s Borealis AI is opening an AI lab in Montreal, with McGill University’s Jackie Cheung as academic advisor for the lab. The news comes less than a month after Borealis AI announced that Washington State University’s Matthew E. Taylor would join the Edmonton-based lab as senior researcher .

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    2. After $4.5 million seed round, Adeptmind launches to help retailers with accurate online search

      By Aeman Ansari November 17, 2017 After $4.5 million seed round, Adeptmind launches to help retailers with accurate online search A deptmind officially announced the launch of its deep learning company following a $4.5 million seed round from Fidelity Investments in March. The company has raised $5.5 million to date.

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      Mentions: Amazon Italy Google
    3. Stradigi creates lab to support and launch AI startups

      September 28, 2017 Stradigi creates lab to support and launch AI startups Montreal-based Stradigi , a digital development and design firm, is launching an applied research centre focused on developing AI solutions in medical, healthcare, sport, and ecommerce. To launch the lab, the company raised an undisclosed “multi-million” dollar investment from The Dunn Family (family trust of legendary business icon Sir Herbert Holt), Panache Ventures, Mike Cegelski, and Stradigi Ventures.

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    4. Zoom.AI acquires SimplyInsight to double down on natural language processing

      Zoom.AI acquires SimplyInsight to double down on natural language processing

      By Jessica Galang September 26, 2017 Zoom.AI acquires SimplyInsight to double down on natural language processing Three months after it announced $2.1 million in funding , Zoom.AI has announced the acquisition of fellow Toronto company SimplyInsight. SimplyInsight’s platform plugs into a company’s data sources, and allows users to ask questions in natural language delivered through chat. Data can also be presented in easy-to-read charts for analysis.

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    5. Sam:) acquired by New York-based AI chatbot Hugging Face

      Sam:) acquired by New York-based AI chatbot Hugging Face

      By Jessica Galang Canadian Startup News September 13, 2017 Sam:) acquired by New York-based AI chatbot Hugging Face Toronto-based Sam:) is being acquired by New York-based Hugging Face , which offers an AI chatbot that can talk to you — and even trade selfies. Sam:) launched in 2015 with the original mission of connecting of connecting strangers based on the topics they’re interested in through SMS.

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    6. SnapTravel raises $10 million to invest in machine learning capabilities for travel chatbot

      By Amira Zubairi Canadian Startup News July 25, 2017 SnapTravel raises $10 million to invest in machine learning capabilities for travel chatbot Toronto-based SnapTravel , which lets users find and book hotels over SMS and Facebook Messenger, has just raised a $10 million Series A funding round, according to a report from TechCrunch. SnapTravel’s funding was led by iNovia Capital .

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      Mentions: Expedia
    7. May #WWTO argues mind-controlled software, emotional AI the future of computing

      By Amira Zubairi Canadian Startup News May 24, 2017 May #WWTO argues mind-controlled software, emotional AI the future of computing While many past We Are Wearables Toronto events have explored the wearable industry’s impact on consumer-facing industries like fashion , virtual reality , and photography , this month’s meetup looked at a more complex topic: brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and affective computing; particularly how our mind and emotions are being leveraged to change the face of computing. Bringing in diverse perspectives, the event hosted speakers and panelists from the neurological startup and wearable startup spaces like Dr. Kang Lee, developmental researcher at ...

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    8. Exiger acquires Toronto-based OutsideIQ for AI-based financial compliance solutions

      Exiger acquires Toronto-based OutsideIQ for AI-based financial compliance solutions

      By Amira Zubairi Canadian Startup News April 27, 2017 Exiger acquires Toronto-based OutsideIQ for AI-based financial compliance solutions Toronto-based OutsideIQ has just been acquired by New York-based Exiger , a company that helps businesses monitor compliances such as money laundering regulations. OutsideIQ provides cloud-based software that aims to make it easier for banks and other corporations to assess risk and meet regulatory requirements.

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    9. CanCon Podcast Ep. 63: Can voice recognition cross AI’s Uncanny Valley?

      CanCon Podcast Ep. 63: Can voice recognition cross AI’s Uncanny Valley?

      By Robyn Edgar CanCon Podcast Ep. 63: Can voice recognition cross AI’s Uncanny Valley? Will the Internet of Things ruin everything? That’s the question the CanCon podcast crew is asking this week. For over a decade now, botnets have existed in the internet-enabled realm. Bruce Schneier of the MIT Technology Review has brought to our attention the reality that as the world is flooded with cheaply manufactured, internet-enabled gadgets, the possibilities for hacking become endless.

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    10. Knote says its automated document analysis platform helps companies work smarter

      Knote says its automated document analysis platform helps companies work smarter

      By Amira Zubairi , The Disruptors February 6, 2017 Knote says its automated document analysis platform helps companies work smarter Reading through hundreds of pages of textbooks just to find two or three main points is tedious and time-consuming. But in the near future, AI could automate the process and summarize lengthy documents in a fraction of the time. This is what Knote , the latest pitch on The Disruptors , is trying to do using AI.

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    11. Hussein Fazal chooses home to build his next startup, SnapTravel

      By Douglas Soltys Canadian Startup News October 27, 2016 Hussein Fazal chooses home to build his next startup, SnapTravel At a time when Canadian entrepreneurs are asking whether or not they have to build their companies in the nation’s tech hubs , Hussein Fazal has been going back and forth on a more familiar question: home or the Valley. Fazal is no stranger to building a company, having co-founded and sold AdParlor to Adknowledge back in 2011.

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    12. Why Kik and Facebook are fighting over bots like Chatty McChatface while investors watch

      Why Kik and Facebook are fighting over bots like Chatty McChatface while investors watch

      By Douglas Soltys Technology August 8, 2016 Why Kik and Facebook are fighting over bots like Chatty McChatface while investors watch A lot has changed in the messaging space since Jonathan Keebler and Matt McCausland launched of their anonymous chat service Sam:) last September . For one, chat activity has exploded, with the top four messaging apps surpassing the top four social networks in monthly active users.

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      Mentions: Canada Google
    13. Salient Energy receives $35,000 prize at Velocity Fund Finals

      Salient Energy receives $35,000 prize at Velocity Fund Finals

      By Jessica Galang Canadian Startup News , Event Recaps July 22, 2016 Salient Energy receives $35,000 prize at Velocity Fund Finals Salient Energy, which is creating batteries meant to lead the shift towards renewable energy, won big at the Velocity Fund Finals with $35,000. The team took a $25,000 prize, as well as a top hardware prize of $10,000.

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    14. iPad App Projectbook Uses Natural Language Processing to Build a Better

      iPad App Projectbook Uses Natural Language Processing to Build a Better
      Theory, the latest company from serial entrepreneur and former Apple and Bungie exec Peter Tamte, today released its inaugural product, Projectbook for iPad. Projectbook is a digital notebook, something other apps like Evernote have successfully offered, but the app offers a lot of unique features not found among its competitors. It also has a focus on instant, constant access that’s likely to be welcomed by mobile users who aren’t always able to track down a working network connection on the go
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      Mentions: Apple Google Bungie
    15. NeedTagger Helps Identify Customer Needs Via Social Media

      NeedTagger Helps Identify Customer Needs Via Social Media
      There are plenty of social media monitoring tools out there, including Hootsuite, Radian6 and more. But Florida-based NeedTagger hopes to help companies not just find customers mentioning them on social networks, but also provide some additional direction by identifying their specific needs using natural language processing technology. NeedTagger hopes to help brands connect directly with the customers that need their services the most thanks to this pre-filtering of the immense tide of social m
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