Three AI companies join a business development group built by the London Stock Exchange

The cohort will get help refining their investment pitches as well as access to the group’s network of institutional investors.

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Three companies building artificial intelligence products and services have a fast track to funding as the newest members of the ELITE Group. This private business development program developed by the London Stock Exchange and Global Accelerated Ventures provides entrepreneurs with business coaching and access to institutional investors. 

ELITE announced Friday three new companies that will be in the organization’s latest cohort:

  • ModuleQ: An artificial intelligence (AI) platform that analyzes data from calendars, email, and Microsoft Teams to make business recommendations for individuals.
  • Covex 2020:  An AI company that combines and analyzes multiple data sets to support decision making.
  • vElement: A service provider that specializes in robotic process automation, data science, and artificial intelligence. 

Thomas Tyler, global head of ELITE Americas and global head

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A new neural network could help computers code themselves

That’s why some people think we should just get machines to program themselves. Automated code generation has been a hot research topic for a number of years. Microsoft is building basic code generation into its widely used software development tools, Facebook has made a system called Aroma that autocompletes small programs, and DeepMind has developed a neural network that can come up with more efficient versions of simple algorithms than those devised by humans. Even OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model can churn out simple pieces of code, such as web page layouts, from natural-language prompts.

Gottschlich and his colleagues call this machine programming. Working with a team from Intel, MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, he has developed a system called Machine Inferred Code Similarity, or MISIM, that can extract the meaning of a piece of code—what the code is telling the computer to do—in

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Indeed: Tech sector finally feels aftershock of COVID-19

As of July 24, tech job postings are doing worse than postings overall in half of tech hubs and 89% of non-tech hubs.

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While the tech industry may have fared fine at the beginning of the pandemic, the same can’t be said as COVID-19 progresses, an Indeed report found. The research, released on Thursday, determined that as of July 24, 2020, tech job postings are doing worse than overall postings in half of tech hubs and 89% of non-tech hubs.

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The economy was initially hit hard by the pandemic, with millions of Americans filing for unemployment as industries including retail, hospitality, transportation, and more endured layoffs and furloughs.

However, the tech sector prevailed, at the beginning, since many tech organizations had the infrastructure to quickly shift remote,

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