Google updates COVID-19 forecasting models with longer time horizons and new regions

In August, in partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute, Google launched a set of models — the COVID-19 Public Forecasts — that provide projections of COVID-19 cases, deaths, ICU utilization, ventilator availability, and other metrics for U.S. counties and states. Today, the two organizations released what they claim are significantly improved models — trained on public data from Johns Hopkins University, Descartes Labs, the United States Census Bureau, and elsewhere — that expand beyond the U.S.

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AliveCor raises $65 million to detect heart problems with AI

AliveCor, a startup developing algorithms that detect atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, and other health issues from heart rate readings, today raised $65 million in funding. The company says the proceeds will be used to bolster go-to-market efforts as AliveCor kicks off a partnership with Omron to provide at-home blood pressure monitoring tech to customers.

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Ride Vision raises $7 million for AI that alerts motorcycle riders to collision threats

Ride Vision, a startup developing “collision aversion” technology for motorcycles, today emerged from stealth with a $7 million round led by investment platform OurCrowd. Ride Vision also unveiled an AI-driven safety alert system called Ride Vision 1 that will go on sale in several European countries in early 2021.

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Reinforcement Learning based Recommender Systems

We present a Reinforcement Learning (RL) based approach to implement Recommender Systems. The results are based on a real-life Wellness app that is able to provide personalized health/ activity related content to users in an interactive fashion. Unfortunately, current recommender systems are unable to adapt to continuously evolving features. To overcome this, we propose three constructs, which we believe are essential for RL to be used in Recommender Systems.

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Why an AI community chose to run a deep tech pre-accelerator?

As AI moves from research labs to commercial products, the dent technology leaves on society accelerates — agreed by mass. In the following three years, the contribution from AI will grow considerably. The European Union predicts that AI solutions will have an economic impact of $12 trillion by 2025. The need to bridge the gap in the deep tech startups space is more real than a few years ago.

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Top 20 Manchester tech startups to work for in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has left a dent in several businesses across the world causing a major economic downturn. As the world has started recovering from the pandemic and its onslaught, many tech startups are hiring for fresh talent. Likewise, there are numerous tech startups in Manchester, UK that are also hiring right now.
After extensive research and analysis, Tempo has now come up with the best 20 startups to work in Manchester for the year 2021. These companies have been carefully handpicked by Tempo by considering various parameters like company mission, employee reviews, career pages, and upfront information.
Tempo has specialised in driving online recruitment for young talent and works with a passion to get this generation to the workforce. Given the current situation, the company wants people to work at some of the best and young startups in the city of Manchester that were founded on or after 2013 with less than 400 employees.
According to Ben Chatfield, CEO of Tempo, “Now more than ever, job seekers are looking at the bigger picture when it comes to the companies they want to work for. It’s not just about topline growth and elaborate perks, it’s about the mission, opportunities for learning, and, crucially, how employees have been treated during the pandemic. With the Super Startups, we are delighted to recognise game-changing businesses that are also fantastic places to work.”
Without further ado, here we list these Manchester startups that are hiring right now.

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Founder/s: Mike AndersonFounded year: 2017
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Funding: €964k
Padoq is behind some of the most used smartphone apps, and the company also makes apps for enterprises at an affordable price. The company has many job openings and it offers a good set of perks for the employees. If you want to work at a chilled out place, then Padoq might be the company.
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Founder/s: Richard Potter, David Leitch, Atul SharmaFounded year: 2014Funding: €19M

European marketing intelligence startup Objective Platform raises €2M funding

Peak uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive businesses to achieve more. The working environment at Peak is built around shared ownership, allowing employees to learn more and acquire newer skills. The company works with small companies to big brands and is currently looking for motivated people to work in a new-age company.
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Airtime Rewards
Founder/s: Adam Ward, Josh GrahamFounded year: 2014Funding: €1.2M
If you use a smartphone with a cellular network, then Airtime Rewards is an app that can give rewards. It uses already existing payment infrastructures like MasterCard & Visa and offers instant rewards to the users. If you are interested in working at a company that benefits users, then Airtime Rewards is looking for people like you.
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Street Group
Founder/s: Thomson Staff, Heather StaffFounded year: 2015Funding: NA

Clim8 raises £2.4M: London-based app lets you invest responsibly so you can save the planet and make money

Street Group is a new-age company which is behind products like Spectre & Hello Again. The company is actively looking for like-minded people with various talents, and it offers £1,000 towards a holiday if one completes a year at Street Group. This company works with the mission to move real estate into the 21st century.
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Founder/s: Anthony MorrowFounded year: 2016Funding: NA
Open Money helps users to manage, invest, and plan money for the future in a smart way. The brand believes that financial advice should be accessible to everyone with ease and is built by a highly spirited team to make a real difference in the world. This company is touted to give a range of benefits for its employees.
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Push Doctor
Founder/s: Eren Ozagir, Matt ElcockFounded year: 2013Funding: NA
Push Doctor takes health care to the next level by offering services like online consultation and video appointments with NHS-trained GPs, especially on patient’s terms. The company is looking for new employees who can make a difference in people’s lives. It is a pioneer in the digital healthcare industry, claims the company.
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Founder/s: Andrew O’Brien, Francesca HodgsonFounded year: 2016Funding: €5.5M
GoodBox uses the power of the internet to connect NGOs and charities with donations to help humanity. This is a fast-paced working place, and everyone loves challenges. If you like working in a competitive space that respects employees, then GoodBox is looking for you. To summarise, GoodBox uses technology to revolutionise the charity sector.
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Upside Energy
Founder/s: Andy Molineux, Graham Oakes, Matt Fisher, Matt PottsFounded year: 2014Funding: €8.9M
Upside Energy has one aim, and it is to build a better future for the coming generation by reducing fossil fuels and using sustainable forms of energy. The company is actively looking for new employees, not just that, working at Upside Energy has additional benefits which will make them happy and healthy.
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Founder/s: Andy Still, Jeremy GidlowFounded year: 2018Funding: NA
Netacea is a company that offers services to protect mobile apps, websites, and APIs from hacks and malicious attacks. The company offers great career progression, and there is also a flexible working hour, allowing employees to work within their comfort zone. This company harnesses the power of AI to protect websites.
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Founder/s: Jamil KhalilFounded year: 2014Funding: NA
Wakelet is an all-in-one platform that helps users to curate content from various platforms. It helps users to organise content like video, article, news, Instagram posts, and much more on a single platform. The company is built by strong values, and it encourages team-play, which is a sign of a good working place.
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Founder/s: Richard MilnesFounded year: 2015Funding: NA
It looks like the company Zaptic was built to take on the COVID-19 outbreak, as the company offers a connected working platform. For the employees, the company offers above-average salary packages with flexible working hours. On top of that, working at Zaptic will also give your perks like a gym membership to keep employees healthy and fit.
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Tootoot Ltd
Founder/s: Kieran Innes, Michael BrennanFounded year: 2013Funding: NA
Tootoot is a platform for both children and adults to report mental health issues. It offers students a voice and offers a confidential reporting space on personal issues. Rest assured, the company also cares about the mental health of the employees, and the company is actively looking for new talents.
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Founder/s: Thomas Young, Jack TimblinFounded year: 2018Funding: €180k
Taptrip is all about making your next trip easy. It offers personalised travel plans with an automated expensive report. For the employees, the company offers flexible working hours, paid holidays, and even pays £500 towards employees’ holidays. So, your next holiday is on Taptrip.
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Founder/s: Lydia JonesFounded year: 2018Funding: €135k
Housemates offer new ways of finding your next home. The company operates in transparency, helping students with services like online agreement and online payment for a hassle-free experience. Working at Housemates will definitely get you some brownie points from students across the world.
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Founder/s: Joosep Merelaht, Martin Vares, Rein TormFounded year: 2018Funding: €455k
Fractory is a new-age cloud manufacturing company. It connects engineers to the production houses using an automated platform. They can offer services like metal sheet fabrication with guaranteed shipping across the UK within 9 days. When the team is not mending a metal sheet, they will be participating in an axe-throwing competition.
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Founder/s: Michael CommonFounded year: 2017Funding: €2.4M
Nivo helps businesses to operate during the COVID-19, and the company helps people to understand finances with ease. The company works with various institutions like brokers, banks, and credit unions to cater to their financial needs. From helping them to reduce load approval period to reducing application drops, Nivo offers all.
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Yumi Nutrition
Founder/s: Sebastien Vanderlinden,Founded year: 2017Funding: NA
Yumi Nutrition is all about making your supplements like Vitamins fun and candy-like. Working at this place has perks like early finish Fridays, free breakfast, and the company is even generous about holiday allowance. We bet the company might even give you a complimentary vitamin (Yumi) with your breakfast and definitely sounds like a fun company to work for.
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Dr Fertility
Founder/s: Kobi McCardle, Lucy BuckleyFounded year: 2017Funding: €1.2M
Dr Fertility is all about helping and supporting people with the fertility journey. It services like fertility education, video consultations, and fertility clinicians to help people who are thinking of trying to get pregnant or who have tried and failed. Considering the ever-growing market, the company is looking for staff and is actively hiring.
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Founder/s: Sam Coley, Steve PearceFounded year: 2015Funding: €4.8M
TickX makes booking tickets for a movie or a play easy and accessible. It could be a blockbuster cinema from your favorite studio or a theatre shows from a small festival, TickX has it all. The founders of the company have a knack for art and creativity, and the company is looking for people with a similar mindset.
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Culture Shift
Founder/s: Stuart Bradley, Gemma McCall, Carl SaddFounded year: 2018Funding: €1.6M
Culture Shift aims to empower leaders and senior teams from top-tier organizations with skills that can drive a change at the workplace. The company already has clients like British Council, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Law Commission. The company is all about making a workplace happy and safe for every employee, by offering platforms to identify and prevent harassment and bullying at workplaces.

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Driving the usefulness of AI in healthcare: IBM Research showcases work at AMIA 2020

Medical Informatics is the science behind how to use data, information and knowledge to improve human health and the delivery of health care services. It is a growing discipline that is seen as the key to accelerating the goals of healthcare reform and the promise of personalized and precision medicine.

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