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Australia and Oceania Research

Marama Labs Raises $500K Seed Funding

– Marama Labs from Wellington develops sensors and data analytics solutions for food & beverage and liquid-processing industries.
– The company raised $500K in seed funding.
– The round was led by Quidnet Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s product line and operations.

North America Research

Anthropic is the new AI research outfit from OpenAI’s Dario Amodei, and it has $124M to burn

– Anthropic, an AI research startup, raised $124M.
– The round was led by Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and included James McClave, Dustin Moskovitz, Eric Schmidt and the Center for Emerging Risk Research, among others.
– Dario Amodei, former VP of research at OpenAI, founded Anthropic with his sister Daniela.
– The company is working on creating “large-scale AI systems that are steerable, interpretable, and robust.”
– The goal seems to be to integrate safety principles into the existing priority system of AI development that generally favors efficiency and power.

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