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Radical Reads: Humanity’s Greatest Invention

Jordan Jacobs, Co-founder and Managing Partner     .    Photo credit: Cohere.AI Language is humanity’s greatest innovation. It is the primary method of communication between humans and the primary means of preserving information, whether through oral tradition or in...

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Radical Reads: Quantum is closer than you think

Leah Morris, Associate     .    Photo credit: Rigetti Computing, Justin Fantl A research group within Goldman Sachs led by Will Zeng has been exploring the use of quantum computing for near-term applications in Monte Carlo simulations – an essential model for...

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Radical Reads: Software robots are empowering the enterprise

Adithya Sreekumar, Investor     .    Photo credit: Sixty Marketing Last week, UiPath, a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software, listed on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the largest software IPOs in history. RPA software helps companies...

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Radical Reads: Can you hear me now?

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    Photo credit: Jason Rosewell, Unsplash Last week Microsoft announced a $16Bn acquisition of Nuance Communications, a company with a wide variety of products including AI speech technology. This will be Microsoft’s second largest...

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Radical Reads: Unlocking AI for healthcare

Sanjana Basu, Investor     .    Photo credit: mHealth Intelligence Last week marked a major step towards making digital health information available at scale. The much awaited information blocking rules, issued by the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

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Radical Reads: AI and the Next Pandemic

Leah Morris, Associate     .    Photo credit: Ivan Diaz, Unsplash AI has the potential to play an important role in supporting public health efforts in the event of a future pandemic. Last week, Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi (University of Toronto Professor and a Scientific...

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Radical Reads: Bringing AI to Construction

Adithya Sreekumar, Investor     .    Photo credit: Ümit Yıldırım on Unsplash “Now is the time for Canada’s housing industry to embrace the opportunities afforded by deeper digital integration. ...Bringing robotics, AI, and advanced manufacturing to housing...

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Radical Reads: Unpacking the 2021 AI Index Report

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    Photo credit: Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI’s 2021 AI Index Report The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) released their 2021 AI Index Report, now in its fourth edition, a very significant effort to collect and...

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Radical Reads: Trust and AI in Healthcare

Sanjana Basu, Investor     .    In the midst of COVID-19, healthcare AI funding reached a record high of ~$6.6B in 2020. Investments fell into two primary categories: AI solutions that treat and diagnose diseases, and those that drive efficiencies in healthcare...

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Radical Reads: Computing & Climate Change

Leah Morris, Associate     .    This week wintry weather battered the southern US and parts of Europe. Researchers suggest this could be a counterintuitive effect of the climate crisis where the warming of the Arctic causes the jet stream to shift. “The energy...

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Radical Reads: The Future is Federated

Daniel Mulet, Investor     .    Federated Learning (FL) is a powerful machine learning technique that has been quietly gaining adoption in settings where preserving privacy is a top priority. The core concept behind FL is that an AI model can be trained using data...

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Radical Reads: The Great Democratization of Finance

Adithya Sreekumar, Investor     .    The democratization of finance is more than a meme. The 2008 financial crisis destabilized the banking and financial services industry, creating a new wave of fintech vendors incentivized to democratize finance. Empowered consumers...

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Radical Reads: FDA’s Action Plan for Regulating AI/ML

Sanjana Basu, Investor     .    The opportunity for artificial intelligence to transform healthcare was put in sharp relief in 2020, as AI research and applications were designed to help diagnose coronavirus infections, improve heart transplant outcomes, and detect...

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Radical Reads: The Future of Learning

Sanjana Basu, Investor     .    Students across North America returned from winter break last week. And whether they were online or in the classroom, the impact of the pandemic continues to have far-reaching effects on schooling and education. Technology...

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