Tag: AI


Box taps Google’s AI for image recognition

Box is bringing more artificial intelligence to its content services offering for enterprises, the company announced today. Using the Google Cloud Vision API, customers will be able to get automatic tagging of objects, optical character recognition of text in images, and other information when they upload files. With this move, Box is adding a new…


Robotic digitization startup Ripcord raises $40 million to make paperless offices a reality

Ripcord , a startup that’s using robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Icon Ventures, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. The funds constitute $25 million in equity financing and $15…


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Microsoft using artificial intelligence to teach a machine to stay aloft

Microsoft’s autonomous glider soars through the air above Hawthorne, Nev. Once airborne, the glider uses artificial intelligence to find and rely on thermals, or columns of air that rise due to heat, to stay aloft. (Microsoft Photo / John Brecher) Paying attention to the “rise of the machines” increasingly means scanning the skies for things…


DoorDash trials food delivery via Marble’s autonomous robots

DoorDash is doubling down on its efforts to embrace robots and enhance its on-demand food delivery service. The San Francisco-based company is partnering with robotics startup Marble for a pilot program that will kick off initially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marble began life in San Francisco in 2015, but only emerged out of…


Mari Smith, Facebook secrets, and Walmart’s creepy AI – VB Engage

In this week’s episode, Travis and Stewart interview the Queen of Facebook, Mari Smith, at Unbounce ‘s CTAConf . Mari divulges what really works and what doesn’t when it comes to using Facebook for your business. We also discuss two big funding rounds for two very different data analytics tools, and we dig into what…


Amazon will pay developers with the most engaging Alexa skills

Amazon today announced a new program  to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations — like Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft…


Fiat Chrysler joins Intel and BMW to develop self-driving cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles  (FCA) is teaming up with BMW Group, Intel , and Mobileye to develop autonomous cars. The move brings a huge carmaker into Intel’s camp in the race to make self-driving cars, which could spawn a giant economy in the coming decades. Intel acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion to boost its competence in…


Facebook’s AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K.

Facebook’s intelligent assistant M is now available for Facebook Messenger users in Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K. M in Facebook Messenger first became available in April . M uses machine learning to scan words used in conversations to recommend actions or services. Tell someone good night and M may suggest a good night sticker….


Meltwater bolsters its machine learning portfolio with Cosmify acquisition

EXCLUSIVE: Media intelligence company Meltwater announced today that it has acquired Cosmify , a San Francisco-based data analysis startup. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed, but Meltwater told VentureBeat that it has bought the startup’s intellectual property (IP) and is bringing the Cosmify team onboard. This is Meltwater’s fourth acquisition in nine…

Start Ups

Paul Allen’s AI institute expands startup incubator after successful artificial intelligence spinouts

(Bigstock Photo) Paul Allen’s artificial intelligence experts are aiming to generate a new wave of AI startups in Seattle. The Microsoft co-founder’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) announced Tuesday it is expanding its incubator for AI companies to let in outside startups for the first time, following a pair of successful spinouts this year. Companies…