Rishabh Mehrotra, research lead, Spotify: multi-stakeholder thinking with AI

AI & Big Data Expo Speaker

Music streaming giant Spotify hosts more than 70 million songs and close to 3 million podcast titles on its platform.

Delivering this without the support of AI and machine learning is probably best compared to attempting to traverse the Amazon rainforest armed with nothing but a spoon.

To cut through this jungle of music, Spotify's research team deploy hundreds of machine learning models that improve the user experience, all the while trying to balance the needs of...

UN calls for ‘urgent’ action over AI’s risk to human rights

UN Assembly

The United Nations’ (UN) head of human rights has called for all member states to put a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems.

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet acknowledged that AI can be a “force for good” but that it could also have “negative, even catastrophic, effects” if the risks It poses are not addressed.

Bachelet’s comments come alongside a new report from the Office of the High Commissioner for...

Axelera AI start-up emerges with £8.7m backing from Bitfury, imec

Artificial Intelligence

Axelera AI, a Dutch AI semiconductor start-up, has emerged from stealth with £8.7 million in seed round funding.

The funding was led by Axelera’s incubator company, Bitfury, a security and infrastructure provider for the Bitcoin blockchain. Nanoelectronics R&D centre imec and venture capital Innovation Industries also participated in the seed round.

Axelera is developing a chipset to accelerate AI and machine learning algorithms at the edge. The startup claims...

Forth Point taps Sisense for AI analytics partnership

Data science and engineering consultancy Forth Point has partnered with Sisense to leverage its AI analytics platform.

Sisense aims to go beyond traditional business intelligence analytics by infusing analytics into all aspects of an organisation.

This means analytics become embedded in both customer and employee applications and workflows, enabling businesses to act on their data at the right opportunity.

Forth Point will use Sisense Fusion, the company’s...

Luka Crnkovic-Friis, CEO, Peltarion: The democratisation of AI

Luka Crnkovic-Friis, CEO, Peltarion

As AI models become increasingly refined, organisations are starting to notice the diverse range of solutions they can provide across not just data science teams but all departments of a company.

Despite this, scaling AI solutions across a company is an extremely expensive and complex venture that most firms would struggle to see a return on investment from. In a market where AI has so much to offer but with such large costs, Peltarion is striving to bridge the gap enterprises...

Luca Boschin, CEO, VISUA: The complex and diverse world of Visual-AI

Luca Boschin, CEO, VISUA

AI News sat down with Luca Boschin, CEO and co-founder of Visual-AI solutions firm VISUA, to discuss the growth of the company’s offering in recent years and the latest trends in visual artificial intelligence.

AI News: What unique solutions do VISUA bring to the AI industry?

Luca Boschin: VISUA has applied Visual-AI (also known as computer vision or vision AI) to numerous use cases since our inception in 2016. This started with brand monitoring, where we process...

Ebuyer research reveals extent of public concerns surrounding AI

Ebuyer has found from mass data collection that more than 2.9 million negative conversations surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) were sparked online in the past year.

Using data from Google Search Trends, Linkfluence, and Answer the Public, the tech retailer has broken down public sentiment on AI based on region, age, and other factors.

The biggest search queries included “can artificial intelligence be dangerous?” and “will artificial intelligence take over...

Shopic AI smart carts secure further £7.2m in funding

Supermarket shelves

Retail AI solutions provider Shopic has raised an additional $10 million (£7.2m) of funding, bringing its total amount raised to $21 million.

Shopic's goal is to transform in-store shopping through its AI-powered clip-on device for shopping carts. The device recognises when shoppers add or remove items to their cart and allows them to pay without the need for a cashier or self-checkout machine.

Seemingly the next step in the nullification of supermarket employees,...

NVIDIA launches UK supercomputer to search for healthcare solutions

NVIDIA supercomputer

Nvidia’s ‘Cambridge-1’ is now operational and utilising AI and simulation to advance research in healthcare.

The UK’s most powerful supercomputer and among the world’s top fifty, Cambridge-1 was announced by the technology company in October last year and cost $100 million (£72m) to build.

Its first projects with AstraZeneca, GSK, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies include developing a...