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Qure.ai raises $16 million for AI that spots abnormalities in chest and head scans

More than 10.4 million people were infected with tuberculosis in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and 1.7 million of those people died from the resulting complications — many in developing regions with limited clinic access. That’s why Qure.ai pioneered qXR, a low-cost chest X-ray product that can identify abnormalities with AI. The company today announced that…
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Researchers find way to boost self-supervised AI models’ robustness

In self-supervised learning — an AI technique where the training data is automatically labeled by a feature extractor — the extractor can exploit low-level features (known as “shortcuts”) that cause it to ignore useful representations. In search of a technique that might help remove these shortcuts autonomously, researchers at Google Brain developed a framework — a “lens” — that…
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SambaNova Systems raises $250 million for software-defined AI hardware

The infrastructure required to handle AI workloads is often as complex as it is sprawling, but a cottage industry of startups has emerged whose focus is developing solutions for end customers. SambaNova Systems is one such startup — the Palo Alto, California-based firm, which was founded in 2017 by Rodrigo Liang and Stanford Professors Kunle Olukotun and Chris Ré, provides systems that run AI…
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Amazon pilots AI-powered customer support agents

Might AI help improve customer service for the millions of people who shop on Amazon.com? Amazon intends to find out. In a blog post, the Seattle tech giant revealed that it’s testing two AI-based systems to handle incoming shopper inquiries. One fields requests from…
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Revl raises $5.2 million to stitch together videos with AI

Creating even a basic video can be time-consuming and costly, with costs ranging from $75 to $150 per hour. This situation spurred Bruce Pla, Eric Sanchez, and Nelson Vazquez to found Revl, which creates videos and photos optimized for popular social networks and automatically sends branded emails with links to web pages where customers can download and watch them. To lay the groundwork for…
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