artificial intelligence

MeetKai launches new room-scanning tech and metaverse builder

Not everyone believes that the metaverse — social, VR-centric worlds — has staying power. But MeetKai is among the steadfast optimists. Founded in 2018, the startup initially focused on co

Investors say web3 and hype are in for 2023, high valuations are out — maybe?

It's unlikely that many investors came close to predicting what would play out in 2022. But, hey, there's always next year.

Nanoleaf debuts smart lighting for ceilings, TVs and more

CES isn’t as consumer-focused as it once was, despite the overt branding. (CES stands for “Consumer Electronics Show.”) Indeed, automotive and enterprise vendors have encroached on t

QuickVid uses AI to generate short-form videos, complete with voiceovers

Generative AI is coming for videos. A new website, QuickVid, combines several generative AI systems into a single tool for automatically creating short-form YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat vi

There’s now an open source alternative to ChatGPT, but good luck running it

The first open source equivalent of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has arrived, but good luck running it on your laptop — or at all. This week, Philip Wang, the developer responsible for reverse-enginee

Special episode: Augmenting creativity with Alice Albrecht from re:collect (Found)

The Equity crew is kicking off your week with a special episode from our sister podcast, Found, the stories behind the startups. Co-hosts Darrell Etherington and Becca Szkutak spoke with Alice Albr

A brief history of diffusion, the tech at the heart of modern image-generating AI

Text-to-image AI exploded this year as technical advances greatly enhanced the fidelity of art that AI systems could create. Controversial as systems like Stable Diffusion and OpenAI’s DALL-E 2

Augmenting creativity with Alice Albrecht from re:collect

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca caught up with Alice Albrecht about her early-stage AI startup re:collect. Alice talked about why she f

OpenAI releases Point-E, an AI that generates 3D models

The next breakthrough to take the AI world by storm might be 3D model generators. This week, OpenAI open sourced Point-E, a machine learning system that creates a 3D object given a text prompt. Accord

Google can now read your doctor’s bad handwriting

A large number of doctors write medicine prescriptions in haste, making it nearly impossible for their patients to understand what they scribbled. This problem has been around for decades and many tec

3 methods for valuing pre-revenue novel AI startups

Valuing startups is an established process today, but do the methods employed apply equally to pre-revenue companies using novel AI?

Japan’s health tech Ubie wants to fuel its US expansion with $19M Series C extension

Ubie, a Tokyo-based startup providing an AI-powered symptom checker app and hospital SaaS products, has closed a $19 million extension to its previous Series C round. This brings the health tech start

Akros Technologies, an AI-powered asset management platform, raises funding from Z Holdings

Artificial intelligence is taking over almost every industry. The investment and finance industry is no exception. In Deloitte’s 2019 report, the firm reveals that AI is transforming the financi

3 methods for investors assessing AI-readiness in portfolio companies

For investors, assessing a portfolio company’s AI-readiness today is just as important as scrutinizing its books.

3 views: Predicting 2023’s key startup themes

A good way to be wrong is to predict the future. A good way to be incredibly and embarrassingly wrong is to predict the future in a medium that is public and everlasting.

Twelve Labs lands $12M for AI that understands the context of videos

To Jae Lee, a data scientist by training, it never made sense that video — which has become an enormous part of our lives, what with the rise of platforms like TikTok, Vimeo and YouTube —

While anticipation builds for GPT-4, OpenAI quietly releases GPT-3.5

Released two years ago, OpenAI’s remarkably capable, if flawed, GPT-3 was perhaps the first to demonstrate that AI can write convincingly — if not perfectly — like a human. The succe

Now AI can outmaneuver you at both Stratego and Diplomacy

While artificial intelligence long ago surpassed human capability in chess, and more recently Go — and let us not forget Doom — other more complex board games still present a challenge to computer

Amazon’s new Alexa feature uses AI to create animated stories on Echo Show

Amazon announced today the launch of “Create with Alexa,” a new AI tool for kids that generates animated stories. The company first revealed the feature in September. “Create with Alexa&#822

Stability AI backs effort to bring machine learning to biomed

Stability AI, the venture-backed startup behind the text-to-image AI system Stable Diffusion, is funding a wide-ranging effort to apply AI to the frontiers of biotech. Called OpenBioML, the endeavor&#
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