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EF Raises £9.4 million, Softbank's Uber Investment, Facebook's Voice Helper
This week, it emerged that Softbank could invest $10 billion in Uber—while Alphabet is pondering a $1 billion investment in rival cab-hailing app Lyft. In the meantime, evidence piled up about Facebook's interest in entering the voice-powered virtual assistant arena.
Also, British startup factory Entrepreneur First (EF) raised £9.4 million from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley VC firm Greylock Partners. Other notable backers included Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman— the cofounders of Alphabet-owned AI lab DeepMind.

Launched by Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck in 2011, EF is pioneering a new type of technology incubator: rather than chaperoning existing companies, it snaps up bright individuals and nudges them to team up and create technology startups from scratch.

EF will to use the fresh round of funding to expand its business beyond London and Singapore, where it is already operational.

Given the presence of several Artificial Intelligence leading lights among its new backers, don't be surprised if future EF-made companies will feature AI tech even more prominently than they do now.

 
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Softbank Could Invest $10bn in Uber 

Two technology giants are poised to invest in rival ride-hailing companies, according to press reports. Japanese Internet colossus Softbank is mulling over a whopping $10 billion investment in Uber, while Alphabet —currently embroiled in a court battle with Uber itself — could pour almost $1 billion into Lyft.

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Facebook is Very Likely Working on a Voice-Powered Assistant
There is growing evidence that Facebook wants to take on smart virtual assistants—such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home—with its own voice-powered product. Code buried deep in Facebook’s mobile app looks able to power a voice assistant capable of making suggestions and retrieving information.
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US Authorities Say Tesla is Partly to Blame for Fatal Crash
US authorities have ascertained that Tesla’s Autopilot technology played a role in a deathly crash between a Model S car and a truck. The National Transportation Safety Board found that Tesla “lack[s] understanding” of the limits of its own technology; it added that the carmaker should have made sure that the Autopilot was not improperly used by drivers. 
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Google Explains Machine Learning Bias 

Google released a great video explaining how human biases can influence the way machine learning systems are trained, and how this may result in prejudiced AIs. 
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