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Israel’s Innovation Authority … from startup to smart-up nation via AI

“The State of Israel is facing significant challenges in the field of innovation during a period in which artificial intelligence is establishing itself as the central technological platform of our generation”, is the introduction for this year’s overview by Chairman Appelbaum and CEO Aharon. As such, the latest report focuses on the transition from “startup …

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Manulife/John Hancock and their “LOFTy” AI Ambitions – now in Silicon Valley

Canada has always been a (quiet) leader of AI in its own right, with MILA, CIFAR, et al. Manulife in Toronto owns John Hancock in Boston (combined AUM C$1 trillion+) and they have been playing with AI for insurance and investment management in a variety of ways. Manulife – and under its John Hancock brand in …

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NVIDIA’s new Director of Robotics Research Heads Up Seattle AI Lab

Dieter Fox got his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Bonn, the former sleepy German capital, in the late 1980s. He then made his way way West as Director for Intel’s Seattle Lab and roughly for the last 20 years he has been a Professor of Robotics at the University of Washington (UW). …

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DARPA’s $2B Next AI – KAIROS – and AIE Campaigns to Generate Actionable Understanding of Real-World Phenomena

DARPA wants to create KAIROS, a program to develop a schema-based AI capability to enhance reasoning about complex world events and generate actionable insights. KAIROS stands for Knowledge-Directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas. KAIROS seeks to create a schema-based AI capability to enable contextual and temporal reasoning about complex real-world events in order to generate actionable …

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How To Become (Remain) Asset Management CEO? Artificial Intelligence

A focus on technology and research with an eye on AI is a good way to become CEO of a large European asset manager.  Santander Asset Management in February 2018 appointed Mariano Belinky as new CEO. Belinky until February was the Managing Partner of Santander InnoVentures, which the bank set up in London as a $100 …

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AQR hires star Head of ML from Guggenheim after lawsuit and team spin-out

Who says Machine Learning and computer/algorithmic investing can‘t be exciting? Prof Marcos Lopez de Prado in September 2018 joined AQR as their Head of Machine Learning/Principal with his team. „Our foundation in applied academia and our culture of intellectual curiosity mean we are always relentlessly looking for new data, signals and techniques to strengthen our …

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Baillie Gifford Chair into Data and AI Ethics and AI for long-term stock picking

The media-shy low/high-profile 110-year old investment manager Baillie Gifford last month pledged GBP5 million to the University of Edinburgh to support research into the ethical challenges posed by the growing use of data and AI. Nick Thomas, a partner at the firm, stated: “We hope that our close collaboration with academics at the cutting edge of …

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JP Morgan launches all mobile bank, “Finn”, with analytics/strategy exec at the helm

Happy New Year… JP Morgan Chase in December 2018 launched “Finn by Chase”, its all mobile bank, which lets customers: Set autosave rules to set aside cash for short-, mid-, or long-term savings goals Track spending with Finn’s insights and trends, with colorful breakdowns Rate purchases with smileys and emoticons to see what they enjoy(ed) …

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From $2.5B to $58B… Two Sigma’s AI Investment Strategy: Humans and Big Data Crowdsourcing

Two Sigma describes itself as “a systematic investment manager, founded with the goal of applying cutting-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance.” The SoHo, New York, based hedge fund was founded in 2001, by John Overdeck, David Siegel and Mark Pickard. Using AI, ML and distributed computing to invest, the fund has over $58 …

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Microsoft’s $7.5B GitHub acquisition and the AI Game of Thrones

Microsoft is taking the AI race very seriously: “AI is going to be one of the trends that is going to be the next big shift in technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at a recent investor’s conference…. It’s going to be AI at the edge, AI in the cloud, AI as part of SaaS applications, …

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