Former Facebook executive’s AI startup snags an unlikely Canadian investor

Sean Silcoff at the Globe and Mail wrote about for today’s Report on Business.

“When Steve Irvine headed Facebook Inc.’s marketing partner program, he met dozens of top Fortune 500 CEOs eager to learn about the latest technology trends. “The number one question [they had] was … “Who’s the Uber of my industry that will disrupt me?’” he says. “And, ‘What new technology advance will they use to facilitate that?’”

The second question was easier to answer: Artificial intelligence. The deployment of smart algorithms that could learn from troves of data and make decisions automatically was being touted as the future by visionaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. It was already used by some of the smartest consumer Web firms including Google, Facebook and Netflix to tailor recommendations to users.”

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