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This AI suitcase could help visually-impaired people to travel

This AI suitcase could help visually-impaired people to travel

A group of Japanese companies is developing a suitcase-shaped robot that uses AI to help visually-impaired people to travel independently. The small navigation robot will scan the user’s location and map data to identify the best route to their destination. It will then guide them there through voice and haptic technology that transmits vibrations transmitted through the suitcase handle. While they travel,...

Chattermill raises $8M Series A to enable companies to gain customer feedback insights ‘at scale’

Chattermill raises $8M Series A to enable companies gain customer feedback

Chattermill, the London startup that offers what it calls a “customer understanding” platform that uses machine learning to gain scalable insights into customer feedback, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is DN Capital, alongside Ventech and btov Partners. Silicon Valley Bank also participated, in addition to a number of angel investors including Matt Price (Senior...

Is artificial intelligence making racial profiling worse? — CBSN Originals documentary

Is artificial intelligence making racial profiling worse?

REVERB is a new documentary series from CBSN Originals. Watch the first episode, "Racial Profiling 2.0," in the video player above.Throughout its history, the LAPD has found itself embroiled in controversy over racially biased policing. In 1992, police violence and the acquittal of four police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King culminated in riots that killed more than 50...

Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age

Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age

“If there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of...

Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019

Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019

Financial services startups raised less money in 2019 than they did in 2018 as VC firms looked to back late stage firms and focused on developing markets, a new report has revealed. According to research firm CB Insights’ annual report published this week, fintech startups across the world raised $33.9 billion* in total last year across 1,912 deals*, down from...

UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals

UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals

The UN will help people in warzones to influence peace deals through an AI conversation tool they can access through their smartphones. The system will be launched within the next year, the Financial Times reports. The technology was developed by UN officials alongside a startup called Remesh, which produces a tool that creates online conversations with up to 1,000 participants. Their thoughts are...

The skills needed to work with robots

The skills needed to work with robots

Kate Darling, a robotics researcher at the MIT Media Lab, conducted an experiment: she asked the participants to hang out with robots (which were dressed up as cute baby dinosaurs), give them names, stare at them, and talk to them. After a couple of hours of human-machine “quality time,” she then surprised the group with a harsh command: they must...

Blue chip earnings deliver but tech disappoints

Blue chip earnings deliver but tech disappoints

Two big themes this reporting season are blue chips justifying their rich valuations with market-pleasing earnings and dividends, while high-flying technology stocks have faced a reality check as their report cards have fallen short of inflated expectations. Market giants – banking group Commonwealth Bank of Australia, conglomerate Wesfarmers and healthcare company CSL – have been well rewarded in the February...

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender

Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors including Wireframe Ventures, the Urban Innovation Fund, and Blackhorn Ventures. Lemnos Labs...

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