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Interview with Azeem Azhar, Week of bonanza in AI investment
This was a week of abundance for British AI startups: self-driving car company FiveAi raised almost £37 million between VC funding and government grants, while Prowler.io—a startup focused on creating AIs able to make decisions—secured a £10 million Series A round.
More importantly, SHACK15 News caught up with veteran techie Azeem Azhar.
A former Economist journalist, Azhar has spent over twenty years in the technology sector, and he is the mind behind must-read newsletter
The Exponential View, a weekly digest about everything that matters in tech.

Azhar routinely devotes a substantial chunk of his newsletter to Artificial Intelligence, and to the emerging opportunities and challenges linked to the irresistible rise of AI.
That’s what we talked about during our chat. Listen to our podcast to find out more.
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Self-driving car company FiveAI secures £36.8M in funding
FiveAI, a British company working on self-driving cars, has raised £14 million in a Series A round led by Lakestar Capital.The startup is developing software for autonomous vehicles, with the eventual aim of creating a fleet of self-driving cabs. It is also involved in government-sponsored project StreetWise—for which it was just granted £12.8 million in public funding.
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Cambridge AI startup Prowler.io raises £10 Million Series A round
Prowler.io, a Cambridge-based startup that is building an Artificial Intelligence platform able to make decisions, has raised £10 million in a Series A round from Cambridge Innovation Capital and Atlantic Bridge Capital. The company is using reinforced learning, game theory, and probabilistic modelling to develop smart systems able to make choices when interacting with humans and other AIs.
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AI startup SentiSum raises £540,000 in Seed
London-based AI startup SentiSum has raised  £540,000 in a Seed round from a number of investors including Angels in the City and LBA. Founded in 2015, the company has devised an Artificial Intelligence-driven tool to help companies deliver more effective customer experience solutions.
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Pay with your face at KFC!

Online payment platform AliPay (a subsidiary of Chinese tech giant Alibaba) has been testing a new facial recognition payment system in KFC stores in Hangzhou. The result is compelling.
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