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Part of what I find fascinating about AI is the point at which humans choose to intervene: which parts along the pipeline of work would we rather have completed by software before we take on the task ourselves? In agriculture, I’ve learned that AI can allow farmers to sleep soundly through the night rather than get up every few hours to check on their cattle — the software only sounds the alarm when it’s absolutely necessary. Or in fisheries monitoring, months’ worth of counting fish through video footage can be accomplished by AI, while a human completes the other parts of the job.

Most recently, I spoke with the folks at CoPilot AI, who are working on developing AI to support outreach efforts. We’ve all been there — massive email campaigns or swaths of LinkedIn cold messages, just to get to land a call with someone of interest.

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Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,145 words: a four-minute read.

-Allison, @allisongacad 

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • Bonsai Micro, which works on performance and energy efficiency for next-gen wireless networks, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from BDC Capital and Vanedge Capital. Learn more »

  • The Province, through the CleanBC Industry Fund, made a $5 million investment in Lafarge to further develop its carbon utilization technology in cement production. Continue »

  • LayerZero Labs, the Vancouver-based blockchain unicorn, inked a partnership with security services platform Immunefi, which protects over $60 billion in user funds. Learn more »

  • Svante announced a tri-party agreement with Lafarge and Dimensional Energy to use CO2 captured at their Richmond cement plant as a valuable resource for the circular economy. Learn more »

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🗞️ In other news

  • Spring Activator — the local incubator, accelerator, and advisory firm — announced the five healthcare-focused ventures participating in the Health Impact Investor Challenge finale. Learn more »

  • Secur3D, a local AI company working to authenticate digital content, is piloting early access to its AI-powered moderation software. Learn more »

  • Lobe Sciences, a local biotech outfit, announced a commercial distribution agreement that sees its medicine hit the U.S. market. Learn more »

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💡 Ideas and insights

  • Dan Burgar, CEO of Frontier Collective, shared an article reflecting on his journey and struggles of identity as a Korean-Canadian growing up in Fernie, B.C., for Asian Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Start reading »

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