artificial intelligence (AI) News

Chinese Venture Capital Firm, Sinovation Ventures, Boosts Investment in AI

For years, Kai-Fu Lee would share his venture capital firm’s office space in Beijing with startups he was backing so they could get advice and collaborate with each other. But about three months ago, the last of the startups packed …

Bayer-Backed Health Startup, Medopad, Seeks $30M in New Funding: Sources

Medopad Ltd., backed by pharmaceuticals giant Bayer AG, is looking to raise new funds, joining the clutch of fast growing U.K. startups that are mixing artificial intelligence and health care. A London-based mobile platform for health-care companies, insurers, doctors and …

XL Catlin’s Accelerate Unit Appoints Artificial Intelligence Expert from Tesco

XL Catlin announced the appointment of Ashish Umre as Accelerate partner, Artificial Intelligence (AI), based in London. Accelerate is XL Catlin’s internal disruption and innovation team, which was established in November 2016 to leverage commercial opportunities arising from new technologies …

Robo Advisers Gaining as Insurance Sales Agents: Chart

While traditional intermediaries still dominate in distributing insurance, the advance in artificial intelligence means that so-called robo advisers have gained traction in recent years, according to Swiss Re. These web-based platforms — providing automated, algorithm-based advice without or with only …

InsurLab Germany Launched in Cologne to Promote Insurtech Innovation

InsurLab Germany, a digital hub for the insurance and reinsurance industry, has been launched in Cologne to promote digital innovation in the industry. There are eight founding insurance companies: AXA, Barmenia, Debeka, Gen Re, Gothaer, LVM, Provinzial Rheinland and R+V. …

According to the Computer, You’ll Be Dead in 5 Years

A computer’s ability to predict a patient’s lifespan simply by looking at images of their organs is a step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research led by the University of Adelaide. The research, now published in the …

UK Insurer Ageas Uses Artificial Intelligence to Manage Motor Claims

UK insurer Ageas has begun to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help manage its motor claims in partnership with AI specialist Tractable. In what it describes as “a first” for the UK market, Ageas said the technology is now …

Zurich Insurance Deploys Robots for Personal Injury Claims Handling

Zurich Insurance is deploying artificial intelligence in deciding personal injury claims after trials cut the processing time from an hour to just seconds, its chairman said. “We recently introduced AI claims handling … and saved 40,000 work hours, while speeding …

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Partners with Insurtech Firm to ID Liability Risks

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), the corporate insurance unit of Allianz SE, is working with Praedicat, the Los Angeles-based insurtech analytics firm, to better predict key catastrophe liability risks. The partnership aims to find new ways to better …

Uber Builds Toronto AI Team, as It Awaits Outcome of Autonomous Car Lawsuit

Uber Technologies Inc., in the midst of legal battle with Alphabet Inc. over self-driving car technology, is building a new artificial intelligence team in Toronto to help improve its autonomous vehicle software. The team will be part of Uber’s Advanced …