Confluent, a startup founded by the creators of the open-source Apache Kafka data-processing software project, announced a $250 million Series E round led by Coatue Management. The round eclipses the $206 million Confluent had raised since its founding in 2014. The funding boosts Confluent’s valuation from $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion and shows that investors are still keen on pumping money...
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Well that’s one way to get attention. According to a statement issued today by a bunch of leading names in AI, “mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority.” Right. It’s hard to imagine anyone out there disagrees—who but the most extreme misanthrope wants to extinguish the human race? The question, then, is why the very people responsible for AI’s development are...
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