Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 258.765 Million
machine learning

DeepMind’s AI-powered Go player AlphaGo will challenge the world champion of the ancient strategy board game during a summit in China later this year. Last year, the Google-owned London-based Artificial Intelligence lab made headlines after AlphaGo’s triumphed over professional player Lee Sedol in a five-game Go match. Now, the AI powerhouse announced a new partnership with China Go […]

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Google’s bot-detecting technology reCAPTCHA is going invisible. The system, used by millions of websites across the Web, is used to recognise human users and filter out automated web crawlers; its interface is familiar to whoever has surfed the Internet in the last decade: it can variably ask users to make sense of slightly warped words or numbers, to […]

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Alphabet confirmed that it has acquired Kaggle, an online community for data scientists and machine learning researchers. Following rumour about the deal earlier this week, the Mountain View-based tech giant has eventually confirmed the acquisition—although it has so far declined to disclose the financial details of the transaction. Founded in 2010, Kaggle can boast over half […]

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Jigsaw, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on geopolitical challenges, has released an new tool that uses machine learning to identify and flag up toxic comments online. In a Medium post published on Thursday,  Jared Cohen —Jigsaw’s President and a former US Department of State operative— said that online conversations on controversial topics are marred by name-calling, hate speech and generally toxic […]

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A US Artificial Intelligence startup has exited stealth mode and it is now on a quest to challenge the dominant AI paradigm. Boston-based Gamalon has created AI tech that does away with machine learning, embracing a technique known as Bayesian program synthesis. This makes it possible to build AI systems able to learn new concepts by being shown relatively few examples. Machine learning […]

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The UK’s Serious Fraud Office is going to make artificial intelligence a key tool of its investigation. The SFO, a governmental department in charge of prosecuting complex cases of fraud and corruption, is reportedly turning to AI software by East-London-based company Ravn to dramatically speed up its enquiries, according to the Financial Times. Ravn’s product ACE harnesses […]

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DigitalBridge, a computer vision company that allows consumers to “try on” how home decor would look like in their homes, has closed a £700,000 investment round — and it is now about to launch its platform in partnership with a number of retailers. The new round brought together several private investors, and it was spearheaded […]

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British security company Sophos has bolstered its machine learning capabilities after the acquisition of American malware detection startup Invincea for $100 million (£80m). Further $20 million could be added to the deal depending on first year revenues. Abingdon-based Sophos believes the purchase will help it expand its presence in the  US government, healthcare and financial services sectors. The […]

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Facebook has launched a feature allowing users to search for pictures uploaded on the platform by using keywords—in a way similar to, for instance, Google Images. Rather than relying on tags, file names and related text, though, Facebook image search is built upon its computer vision technology Lumos. In other words, it does not matter whether […]

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A California company that combines Virtual Reality and data visualisation has raised $3 million (£2.3 million) in a seed round from unnamed angel investors. Pasadena-based Virtualitics has  harnessed both VR/AR technology and machine learning techniques to create a technology that allows users to  transform large batches of complex data into explorable virtual environments. Information can be rendered in […]

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