Driverless cars in the UK, a tax on social media, Ometria raises $6M
This week AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria secured a £4.52 million Series A round, while the UK government announced plans to impose a levy on social networks, in order to raise money to counter online abuse.
But first— if you were not able to attend SHACK15’s event on self-driving cars in the UK, here is the video with its best highlights.

The panel discussion featured some of the top experts in the field— Immense Simulations’ Robin North, Notion Capital’s Alex Flamant and Academy of Robotics’ William Sachiti— who explored in depth the technical and legal opportunities and challenges for companies developing self-driving cars in Britain.

In case you want to see the whole thing, you’ll find the full discussion
here, and the following Q&A here.
UK could tax Facebook and Twitter to fund anti-hate campaign
The UK could tax social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to crack down on questionable online content such as cyber-bullying, hate speech and unrestricted access to pornography. The money from the levy would be funnelled into country-wide programmes aimed at countering online abuse.
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AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria raises £4.5M
AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria has raised £4.52 million ($6 million) in a Series A round spearheaded by US firm Summit Action. The London-based company’s platform would use AI to help retailers create personalised marketing messages across several brand touchpoints.
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Chatbot startup NearGroup raises £1.2M in seed from OpenOcean
NearGroup, a company that created a chatbot allowing users to find and connect with like-minded people nearby, has secured £1.2 million in a seed round led by London-based fund OpenOcean. The product is geared towards Middle-Eastern or Asian countries where picture-based dating apps are not easy or safe to use, especially among members of the LGBT community.
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1. China’s AI explosion (via MIT Technology Review)

Buzzword Alert: there is an ICO to fund a blockchain AI (via WIRED UK)

Where Amazon’s AI talent comes from (via The Information)

Dubai Airport will start using face recognition (via The Verge)

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