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Clinc expands to automotive, releases SaaS platform for its voice AI assistant

Clinc co-founder and CEO Jason Mars just announced the company is expanding to a third vertical: Automotive. The company, which started in fintech and recently unveiled a product for drive-thru restau

Europe eyes boosting data re-use and funds for AI research

The European Union’s executive body, the EC, has taken a first pass at drawing up a strategy to respond to the myriad socio-economic challenges around artificial intelligence technology &#8212

Einride’s autonomous trucks will be Nvidia-powered, and deliveries start this fall

Einride’s T-pod all-electric, self-driving transport vehicle will use the Nvidia Drive AI platform to provide its autonomous smarts, the Swedish technology company revealed today. Einride also a

AI will create new jobs but skills must shift, say tech giants

AI will create more jobs than it destroys was the not-so-subtle rebuttal from tech giants to growing concern over the impact of automation technologies on employment. Execs from Google, IBM and Salesf

Dbrain pitches a new token paying users crypto to train artificial intelligence

One of the continuing challenges that artificial intelligence programs face is how they receive and process the information they need to take actions. While the algorithmic tools that developers have

It’s time for Washington to start working on artificial intelligence

Congressman John K. Delaney Contributor Congressman John K. Delaney is the founder of the House AI Caucus and represents Maryland’s Sixth District. One of the more unexpected sights within the Unite

AAA will test Torc’s self-driving cars to build out safety criteria

The American Automobile Association is doing work to help ensure it remains relevant in a future age of autonomous driving. Its latest partner in that effort is Torc Robotics, a self-driving technolog

Baidu debuts Apollo 2.0, its latest open self-driving platform

China's Baidu revealed a major update to its Apollo autonomous driving platform at CES 2018 today, including support for new computing platforms, new reference vehicles, more HD mapping services avail

VW taps Nvidia to build AI into its new electric microbus and beyond

Nvidia will power artificial intelligence technology built into its future vehicles, including the new I.D. Buzz, its all-electric retro-inspired camper van concept. The partnership between the two co

Uber taps Nvidia for its self-driving vehicle fleet

Uber has picked Nvidia as one of its key technology partners in its fleet of self-driving, specifically to provide the AI computing aspects of its autonomous software. The partnership is one that has

MIT and Harvard create cheap artificial muscles with super strength

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has teamed up with Harvard’s Wyss Institute to create a super strong, affordable artificial muscle that could be used to creat

TechCrunch Include Office Hours with Cavalry Ventures

TechCrunch December Include Office Hours will be hosted in Berlin, Germany on December 1st. We're partnering with Cavalry Ventures. From 2-3pm, founding and managing partner Rouven Dresselhaus and m

Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving

Apple has a new paper published in Cornell’s arXiv open directory of scientific research, describing a method for using machine learning to translate the raw point cloud data gathered by LiDAR a

With Dispatch, Here Be Dragons pushes narrative VR storytelling in bold new directions

As VR takes its trip through the hype cycle of technology adoption, I keep returning to the early days of film as a corollary for the medium's progress and a good benchmark for its evolution. When the

Volkswagen and Google to bring quantum computing benefits to cars

Computers have changed cars at least as much as they’ve changed our daily lives, but a new partnership between Google and Volkswagen could transform transportation further still: The two are col

OpenAI Director Shivon Zilis explains why AI requires oversight now

At Google’s second annual Go North conference, much of the focus is on artificial intelligence and its impact on our world. The conference kicked off with a discussion between OpenAI Director Sh

DeepMind now has an AI ethics research unit. We have a few questions for it…

DeepMind, the U.K. AI company which was acquired in 2014 for $500M+ by Google, has launched a new ethics unit which it says will conduct research across six "key themes" -- including 'privacy, transpa

Drug discovery startup Recursion raises $60 million in Series B from Data Collective 

Recursion, a drug discovery startup out of Salt Lake City, Utah has announced a $60 million Series B round, led by Data Collective (DCVC). Recursion started out in 2014 on a mission to identify 100 ne

Doctor Hazel uses AI to try to determine if you have skin cancer

Doctor Hazel spent the last 24 hours at TechCrunch Disrupt’s SF 2017 hackathon working on an interesting idea to use artificial intelligence to detect cancerous moles. Software engineer Mike Bor

Tech companies automate autocratic media in China around the world

When big tech bends its principles to limbo into Chinese markets, it encourages other Western companies and institutions to do so as well.
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