Weekly Roundup: Thousands apply to world's first AI university plus Open AI release their new GPT-2 Model

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Here is your weekly roundup of AI and Data Science news.

Microsoft announces new service

At its annual Ignite conference in Orlando, Microsoft made a major announcement, unveiling their new service; Azure Synapse Analytics.

Microsoft has described the service as  “the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.” The service aims to bridge the gap between data warehouses and data lakes, which are often completely separate. Synapse also taps into a wide variety of other Microsoft services, including Power BI and Azure Machine Learning.

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Berlin-based travel startup receives significant funding

Comtravo, aiming to conquer B2B travel with its software based on machine learning this week received VC funding of €21 million in a round led by Endeit Capital.

Centred around business travel bookings, Comtravo deploys Artificial Intelligence to provide the best travel options depending on previous booking patterns and saved preferences. It uses software to translate text-based requests such as emails into structured data.

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World's first AI University receives thousands of applications in its first week

Set to open in 2021-2022, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is based in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. It hit the news recently as being the worlds first AI university and is sure to have full classrooms come 2021 with over 3,000 applicants coming in the first week.

The majority of the applicants came from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, India, and China with the university offering MSc and PhD level programmes in key areas of AI, such as machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing.

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Openai release GPT-2

The 1.5 billion parameter language model GPT-2 was released this week, along with all associated code and model weights.

GPT-2 is a large language model that can generate realistic paragraphs of text. GPT-2 has attracted both praise for its performance and concerns regarding its potential misuse for example in generating fake news stories.

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First of its kind AI conference set for Belfast.

AI Con is sure to attract AI global leaders to Northern Ireland. Google, Amazon and Microsoft are already set to speak, discussing some of the major technological advances and how it is changing the world in which we live.

The event takes place on the 28th of November in The Europa Hotel, Belfast.

More information can be found here

Bayer backs Medopad with $25M investment

Medopad, a digital healthcare startup will use the investment to help develop the company’s digital health platform and to fund new clinical studies.

Medopad’s flagship project is the development of digital biomarkers, which collect and patient collate data to predict risk, condition progression and diagnosis, for chronic diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.

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