The rise of Intelligent Automation propelled by Artificial Intelligence

AI is still a thing for the future. As in right now, people often do not want a machine to make decisions on complex matters that can have real consequences in our work and life. Moreover, who’s to blame in the case the machine fails in making a decision? An example was when a woman was killed by an uber car in autonomous mode back in 2018. We don’t have AI capable of solving complex problems, but we currently have machine learning models that use statistical models that can find patterns in different systems, and help us implement small decisions.


How are companies getting ready for the post quantum world

Cybersecurity is on the rise as internet threats become more common. Startups are being launched to take advantage of this expanded market for cybersecurity products, services, and solutions. Some examples of these cyberattacks are the presidential elections from France and the US. Another example is Yahoo, while in the middle of the sale of Verizon, it reported that the information of approximately 1.5 billion user accounts had been stolen.

The world’s larger and larger reliability to digital systems controlling structures like airplanes, cars, utilities, supply chains, and industrial systems puts security in the middle of the scene. …


How data is transforming the HealthTech industry

Data is revolutionizing the methods used by patients to take care of their health: it can help facilitate the ease of creating responses to the patients’ most urgent questions. Simple offerings have been around for years, as measuring the heartbeat or the number of steps taken in a day. However, now, thanks to the evolution of technology, devices can obtain more valuable and intuitive insights.

Mobile apps, such as K-Health, are using data inputs to diagnose primary care issues such as back pain or dehydration. Another company, Zebra Medical Vision, uses data to transcribe scans into actionable insights that are…


Data is shaking up the current food production mechanisms

The agricultural food production mechanisms and their tight dependency on nature have always left little room for operational agility. Now, thanks to Agritech, and more specifically, data, farmers can meet supply and demand efficiently, and reduce losses and uncertainty from plagues and bad weather.

When we look at Agritech, there are broadly two ways in which startups are making farmers’ life easier: reengineering the products or optimizing the creation of the existing products. The first is more focused on R&D — what the Beyond Burger has been doing — and the latter is more focused on data processing and analytics.


On better data visualization and modeling

This week, the DataSeries team held along the AWS team a Founders Dinner in Paris, in order to explore the startup ecosystem in the city. The attendees were not randomly selected, they all shared something in common — every single one was representing a data-intensive startup.

One of the concepts that resounded with me the most is that data should help make business decisions faster and more accurately. Many tools and models take too long, are hard to deploy and often offer limited solutions — isn’t it time to use data faster and better?

Data should be understandable

One of the founders, Shankar Sarul…


A discussion about chatbots with experts in the field

How is conversational AI transforming the customer journey? Mike Reiner held a panel at World Summit AI discussing the topic with four experts working on startups that are shaping the future of the way humans interact with chatbots.

The panel discussions ranged from current business applications of the technology, to what we can expect from chatbots in the future. While the proliferation of such technology with consumers and businesses is increasing, there’s a recurrent question: is conversational AI as advanced as we think?

The current state of conversational AI

For now, chatbots have limited capabilities: even Siri is very task-directed and is incapable of understanding abstract…


Amazon is planning to be the most ubiquitous company to ever exist

The evolution of Amazon is not less but a remarkable journey, starting from Jeff Bezos garage in 1996 throughout 7 years of losses, it's now close to a $1T market cap, reaping off the benefits of an ever-increasing customer base and its accompanying network effects. One might wonder how much room is left to grow for Amazon.

Looking at the different markets in which the company is in or planning to roll out on gives a clear hint for Amazon’s prospects. …


Big tech firms and startups are making bold moves into the podcast industry

Podcasts are one of the most peculiar tech phenomenons of our time. Look at the other trends in the tech industry: they all seem to be driven by cutting edge innovation. That does not hold for the podcast’s core, which while remaining a rudimentary technology, it has successfully grown into a global sensation. In the US only, the monthly podcast listeners amount roughly to Twitter’s national usage; that translates to around 25% of the country.

So why is podcasting transcending expectations? According to Carrie Ryan, its because they are the “Perfect fit for our lives”. Finding time for entertainment in…


An interview-based story on the birth of an underwater company

Picture by Osma Harvilahti

The Ocean covers 3/4 of our planet, but what’s truly fascinating is that humans only know about 5% of what’s underneath it. The mainland is overcrowded, virtually all land has been explored and claimed. That’s not the case of the ocean. With so much open field, it’s feasible to envision a future where more and more operational activities and infrastructures move under the ocean.

Sego

I interviewed Karim, a young Lebanese entrepreneur, co-founder of Sego International. He had already been working in the underwater exploration industry long before, and he had grown unsatisfied with the low flexibility of the manufacturers. “We…


How psychological elements, besides the market’s nature, have triggered the growth of venture capital rounds

Illustration by Evan M. Cohen

If we look at the venture capital industry, it may seem like money is pouring indefinitely. Last year was one for the records. It was the year for the most capital raised and the most deals struck. What was even more extraordinary was the astounding size of these rounds, with several Series A reaching $100M figures.

Back in the early 2000s, Series A used to be around $3–5M, and those were rounds for top profile companies. The reasons behind this major build-up are both defined by the nature of the market but also the psychological tendencies of the agents involved.

Looking at the market

Felix Ingla

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