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Venture Cafe Miami Receives $1 Million From Knight Foundation

This month, the Knight Foundation — an organization that provides funding to diversity programs and initiatives — announced it is giving $1 million to Venture Cafe Miami. The investment is dedicated to helping Venture Cafe Miami expand its geographic reach, increase entrepreneurs access to capital and investors and execute initiatives that encourage diversity. Venture Cafe Miami is a nonprofit organization focused on diversifying Miami’s startup and entrepreneurial scene. Founded in 2016, the company provides programs and events like the Captains of Innovation Program and Thursday Gatherings. The Captains of Innovation Program gives startup members the chance to network and partner with corporations. The program’s corporate partners learn about upcoming technologies. Thursday Gatherings are free weekly mixers that allow innovators in the Miami ecosystem to connect and collaborate for future endeavors. “Each week, we encounter hundreds of individual innovators navigating varying...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 22, 2018

Got Ideas On How To Improve AI? This Organization Wants To Hear From You

Artificial Intelligence might be the future, but it’s plagued with issues that are becoming more prominent. A new program from the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative is hoping to combat some of the issues that are arising as the technology is being more widely used. The organization will launch an open call later this month where it will accept proposals that address issues facing AI. Specifically, it is trying to tackle a few areas: governance, platform design, bad actors and journalism. The best ideas will receive $750,000 in investment funds from the foundation. AI problems have made national news lately. Earlier this summer, the ALCU did a test of Amazon Rekognition , the tech giant’s facial recognition tool. It ran the faces of lawmakers to see if the program could recognize them. Instead, it falsely identified 28 lawmakers as criminals, 39 percent of which were people of color, including Representative John Lewis. By hosting an open call, the Ethics and Governance of AI...