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Sergey Savastiouk
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Feb 17, 2021
The Most Valuable A.I. Company in the World

The Most Valuable A.I. Company in the World

SenseTime, the Chinese titan of facial recognition technology, recently closed a series-C funding round that made them the most valuable AI company in the world. Sources told Reuters the company was now worth as much as $4.5 billion.

The round was notable not just for the $600 million raised (which the company claimed was a world record for an AI firm), but for the big names who gave financial backing. E-commerce behemoth, Alibaba, reportedly contributed $227 million, while another Chinese e-commerce company, Suning.com, and Singapore’s state-owned investment company, Temasek Holdings, also made significant contributions.

SenseTime primarily develops surveillance software based in AI. They became profitable in 2017, just three years after their founding, and have quickly found practical applications for their technology with the Chinese government. The company’s image analysis component was capable even in 2016 of identifying faces and cars from a football field away, then accurately matching them to a national database. SenseTime now processes data from China’s 170 million CCTV cameras, as well as smart glasses worn by on-duty police officers.

But government entities are far from the only parties seeking to capitalize on AI technology. As indicated by the most recent funding round, companies are firm believers in AI’s potential for a variety of applications. The investment was a logical one to Alibaba executive vice chairman Joe Tsia. "We are especially impressed by their R&D capabilities in deep learning and visual computing," he said. "Our business at Alibaba is already seeing tangible benefits from our investments in AI, and we are committed to further investment." Global chipmaking giant Qualcomm also joined SenseTime’s series-C round, albeit more quietly, as part of a series of investments in nine China-based companies. Like Alibaba, they championed SenseTime’s capacity for innovation, as well as their ability to “help grow [an] entire industry.”

SenseTime’s success bodes well for China’s stated goal of becoming a worldwide AI leader by 2030 – which would mean spearheading a potentially $150 billion-a-year industry. SenseTime will use the series-C round to expand their overseas footprint and develop new, effective industrial applications for AI to expand their existing 400-plus customer base in fintech, automotive, mobile phones, city development, and more. Finding additional, consumer-focused uses for their technology seems inevitable as SenseTime continues their path towards global AI dominance.
 

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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
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Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

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Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

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Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.