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AI Talent News Roundup - January 2020

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January 9, 2020

This is the TalentSeer AI News Roundup for the first half of January 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about the AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email. 

Pizza-Focused Robotics Startup, Zume, Plans to Lay off up to 400 Employees With the Intention of Raising Money, Affecting Many of its Engineers
Source: Zume Pizza


Zume, a robotics startup specializing in pizza-making hardware, has announced that it will be downsizing its company by removing approximately 400 employees, with the aim of raising more money; the layoffs are expected to affect many of its engineering employees. This follows after a stream of executive members chose to leave starting around June 2019, include beverage industry executive, and member of the Board of Directors, David Kamenetzky who left in December 2019. In November 2018, Zume’s parent company successfully managed to raise $375 million from the investment and banking corporation, SoftBank. [Read More]


Sporting and AI company, Stats Perform, hires Aaron Symanski, former Governing Board Member for Linux Foundation Hyperledger, as Vice President of Engineering, and Goodman Gu, former Head of Machine Learning at Cogito, as Vice President of AI  
Source: Stats Perform


Stats Perform, a sporting data company that uses AI to provide its insights, has announced that Aaron Symanski will be joining their team as Vice President of Engineering, along with Goodman Gu as Vice President of AI. Both hires are highly experienced, with Symanski previously working as a Governing Board Member for Linux Foundation Hyperledger, and Gu previously working as the Director of Mobile Commerce at Dell, as well as Head of Machine Learning and AI at Cogito. These new hires are expected to reinforce Stats Perform’s AI and technology tools and allow it to perform richer data analytics. [Read More]


MusashiAi Launches Two Fully Autonomous Robots, Allowing Other Companies to Hire Them at an Hourly Rate or Individually for Each Task 
Source: MusashiAI

MusashiAI, a joint venture by Honda affiliate company Musashi Seimitsu, and SixAI, have launched two fully autonomous robots that are designed to integrate within human-focused industries and environments, such as factories. The AI-powered robots will be used to undergo several repetitive tasks usually performed by humans such as quality control inspection checks, where they have been found to have a higher accuracy rate than most people. These two robots are described as “genuinely autonomous”, rather than simply automated, as they have higher freedom to determine how the tasks they are set should be completed. MusashiAI is allowing companies to hire these robots on a pricing structure of either pay per hour or per task, offering flexibility to other businesses. [Read More]


Top AI Leaders Discuss Their Expectations for 2020 Within the Industry
Source: Venture Beat


Multiple high-profile AI leaders have shared their predictions for what 2020 will bring within the industry. Google AI Chief, Jeff Dean, expects more of a focus on multimodal learning, which allows AI to build its knowledge from several types of media, as well as multitask learning, where one network is designed to handle more than one objective. Anima Anandkumar, Machine Learning Research Director at Nvidia, predicts that there will be progress within iterative algorithms, which execute their functions in sequences, along with self-training models, which use unlabeled data. Overall, many AI leaders said they expected to see some significant improvements to natural language models, and more energy and resources allocated towards ethical challenges such as those surrounding biometric data. [Read More]


8 Books to Read in 2020 for AI Leaders

This is a curated list of books specifically focusing on AI trends, leadership, and culture building. Among the list of books is “Superhuman Innovation”, written by creative technologist Chris Duffey, and co-authored by AI, about AI. It provides a practical guide on the various ways that AI and Machine Learning will change the world of work. The book was named as the 2020 CES Top Tech Book of the year [View More]

8 Books to Read in 2020 For AI Leaders
8 Books to Read in 2020 For AI Leaders


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