Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 231.660 Million
machine learning

A bot trained by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI has beaten one of the world’ best players at online videogame Dota 2, during e-sports tournament The International. The machine learning bot had been trained simply by pitting one Artificial Intelligence against another, and letting them play for weeks on end until they mastered the game. During the tournament, hosted […]

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London-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) company BenevolentAI has announced the expansion of its business to the United States, after snapping up two major AI experts from the tech sector and academia. Founded in 2013 and based near King’s Cross, the company is using AI to drive scientific progress forward. BenevolentAI’s machine learning algorithms have been trained to scour millions of research publications, […]

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Welsh company Academy of Robotics has gathered £292,930 in crowdfunding to develop its self-driving vehicle Kar-Go. The company, based in Aberystwyth, has conceived an AI-powered pod that would use a blend of machine vision, sensors and offline map analysis to autonomously deliver packages in residential areas. Founded in 2015 by William Sachiti,  Academy of Robotics got its […]

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Apple has offered further hints about its plans for Artificial Intelligence, and in particular for autonomous systems. After revealing last month, that it was indeed working on a driverless car programme, CEO Tim Cook has now expanded on his previous announcement, explaining how Apple wants to use AI for more than driving vehicles. “Autonomous systems can […]

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When it comes to smart personal assistant, Facebook is still small fry: in a scene dominated by voice-powered heavyweights such Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the Menlo Park-based company also has its own virtual helper programme. Called M, the Artificial Intelligence bot is built on top of […]

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The Chinese government is upping its Artificial Intelligence game , after launching a massive investment plan in the technology. According to the MIT Technology Review, China’s State Council has announced a plan to build the national AI industry into a $150 billion behemoth, with the goal of making the country the world’s leader by 2030. According to […]

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Google has announced Developers Launchpad Studio, a new six-month programme to foster and support Artificial Intelligence and machine learning companies. Startups, from early to post-Series B stage, can apply by August 31, by submitting a 15-page pitch. Companies  accepted into the programme will receive assistance with product development and validation, networking opportunities with AI investment big shots, […]

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Callsign, a platform using AI to provide authentication, has closed a £26.8 million Series A round led by Accel and PTB Ventures, and backed by Allegis Capital and NightDragon Security. The company had previously raised a Seed round for an undisclosed amount in September 2016. Founded in 2012, Callsign has created a deep learning platform called […]

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Apple has inaugurated an online journal where its engineers can publish their research on machine learning. “Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world,” the new website’s homepage reads. The first featured study  had already been partially […]

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SHACK15 resident Sparrho, a platform leveraging Artificial Intelligence to help researchers discover relevant science publications, has raised $3  million (£2.3m) in a pre-Series A round led by White Cloud Capital. It is understood that the fresh round of cash will be used to fuel further product development. The London-based company, founded in 2013 by EF alum […]

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