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Andrew Ng’s latest venture is a $175 million fund for AI startups

January 30, 2018

Machine-learning entrepreneurs have a new pot of cash to lust after. Andrew Ng, former chief scientist at Baidu, has announced that his new AI Fund has $175 million to invest in startups that are using AI.

The details: AI Fund is looking into three “new AI-powered directions” ... but it hasn’t released details about what they are just yet. The only announced investment so far is in Landing.ai, a manufacturing AI startup that Ng himself launched last month.

The idea: Ng wants to help accelerate AI development. In a Medium post announcing the fund, he wrote that he wants to “develop systematic and repeatable processes to initiate and pursue new AI opportunities.” In other words, he wants to copy-and-paste the best ways to get AI startups building stuff.

Plus: AI Fund will invest in training programs around the world so “every person can gain the skills needed to thrive in the AI economy.”

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