Google’s Project Guideline uses AI to help low-vision users navigate running courses

In collaboration with nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Google today piloted an AI system called Project Guideline, designed to help blind and low-vision people run races independently with just a smartphone. Using an app that tracked the virtual race via GPS and a Google-designed harness that delivered audio prompts to indicate the location of a prepainted line, Guiding Eyes for the Blind CEO Thomas Panek attempted to run New York Road Runners’ Virtual Run for Thanks 5K in Central Park.

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Facebook’s improved AI isn’t preventing harmful content from spreading

Facebook claims it’s becoming better at detecting — and removing — objectionable content from its platform, despite the fact that misleading, untrue, and otherwise harmful posts continue to make their way into millions of users’ feeds.

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Resonai offers enterprises an AR-AI concierge for commercial buildings

Though humans historically provided concierge services for commercial buildings, guiding visitors to their destinations and answering questions, artificial intelligence and computer vision have advanced to the stage where fully digital alternatives can offer the same or better guidance. So Resonai is targeting enterprises with today’s launch of Vera Concierge, an augmented reality system that replaces any commercial location’s human help desk with a fully mobile, personalized AI assistant.

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Forter raises $125 million at a $1.3 billion valuation to combat ecommerce fraud with AI

Forter, an automated fraud detection platform for ecommerce, has raised $125 million in a series E round that values the company at over $1.3 billion. The raise comes as ecommerce transactions surge under pandemic-driven lockdowns. But the throngs of people jumping online to shop have opened the floodgates to fraud. Recent data suggests digital fraud attacks have doubled in 2020, while the U.K. reported that financial fraud attempts rose by up to a third as the country entered lockdown.

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Zapata raises $38 million for quantum machine learning

Zapata Computing has raised $38 million for its quantum computing enterprise software platform. The figure, which brings its total funding to over $64 million, will be put toward Zapata’s core mission: “Delivering quantum advantage for customers through real business use cases.”

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Predicting patient outcomes: ClosedLoop.ai Secures $11M Series A for Health Models

Even before a patient walks into the doctor’s office, ClosedLoop.ai aims to predict whether that patient may be admitted to the hospital soon or is likely to cancel an appointment. The Austin-based company is using a new $11 million Series A cash infusion to continue developing its health care data science platform that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation to enable data scientists to build and deploy predictive models.

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BeyondMinds raises $15 million to drive enterprise AI adoption

BeyondMinds today announced a $15 million funding round led by Check Point cofounder Marius Nacht. The company, which is based in Tel Aviv and New York, says it will devote the bulk of these funds to sales and product R&D as it expands its customer base.

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Afresh raises $13 million for AI that optimizes grocery supply chains

AI-powered grocery management platform Afresh today raised $13 million in funding, which a source tells VentureBeat values the company at over $100 million. Afresh says the capital will enable it to expand its product across supply chain, store operations, and merchandising for all food categories, following a year in which it doubled the size of its workforce.

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