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AI children, Machine learning garages
This week, Cambridge spinoff Cytora raised a new round, and the UK announced a new initiative to give AI companies access to computing power to train machine learning systems.
Also, Google researchers have created an artificial intelligence able to build other AIs, and this AI’s first “child” is better at recognising images than any human-made programme.

To pull this off, Google designed a system called AutoML — a neural net relying on a technique called reinforcement learning to create new smart algorithms.

AutoML eventually begot NASNet, a “child AI” trained in real-time image recognition. What is really mind-blowing, though, is that NASNet has attained an accuracy of 82.7 percent in recognising images: that is 1.2 percent higher than any other computer vision system ever made.
 
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UK to launch ‘Machine Intelligence Garage’ for AI startups
Britain’s Digital Catapult has announced the creation of a a “Machine Intelligence Garage” providing  Artificial Intelligence and machine learning startups access to computing power and specific expertise. The Garage will be kick-started on 23 January 2018, and run for a period of three years. You can already apply to get in.
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Cambridge AI Spinoff Cytora Raises £4.4M
Cambridge-based AI startup Cytora has raised £.4.4 million in a funding round led by Starr Global Holdings. A Cambridge University spinoff, the company leverages machine learning algorithms to extract datasets from the Web and spot geopolitical trends as they happen. Insurers love it.
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London-based Chattermill Raises £600,000 in Seed
Chattermill, a London-based startup using machine learning to process feedback and extract actionable customer insights, has raised £600,000 in a Seed round backed by Entrepreneur First (EF). An EF alum, the company leverages deep learning in order to help businesses make more “customer-centric” decisions.
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