Tractable

Tractable describes its technology as a fully automated visual recognition platform with artificial intelligence. The company uses deep learning to reclassify large-scale data sets in insurance, health, and many other sectors. Its goal is to match human accuracy in the next six months.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Synap

Synap is a mobile and web app, founded by medical students James Gupta and Omair Vaiyani, that allows students and professionals to prepare for exams by taking quizzes that are developed by other members of the Synap community.

The app — already used by medical students at Oxford and business students at the London School of Economics — uses AI algorithms to tailor lessons and revision schedules for individual students.

Shell

While not a traditional 'tech' company, Shell is set to launch a virtual assistant to answer online customers questions around the clock.

Arria

An analyst and a writer in one, this software "reads" complex data such as financial or meteorological and writes accurate, easy-to-read reports for people. Yep, it's software that simplifies things so we can understand them. Arria spits out 60 accurate, detailed weather forecasts in less than a second. (People clock in at 24 hours on that task.)

6sense

This startup helps companies like Cisco and IBM predict sales.

6sense provides marketers with omni-channel connectivity and visibility from brand to demand to revenue. 6sense predictions power all downstream sales and marketing systems with intelligence on who is in market to buy, what products, when they will buy and where they are in the buyer’s journey. 6sense enables intelligent growth resulting in new pipeline, higher marketing to sales conversions, larger opportunity size and increased sales productivity and effectiveness with teams focusing on the right “in-market” buyers with a need now

Botanic

This company builds an interactive, verbal personality for your code. Yep, if you have a system that needs to interact, Botanic.io creates a user interface for it with voice. (I went to the company's website for a comment, but it was only text as of today. I'll check back tomorrow.)

In other words, we design and build products which are capable of understanding and responding to human speech. We do this by crafting conversational characters who act as an interface.

Banjo

Banjo is building the world's first disaster prediction engine. The company's dream is to make terrorism impossible. When the Boston marathon was bombed in 2013, MIT graduate and founder Damien Patton used Banjo to "rewind" the social signals and thought he should have seen it coming. He pivoted his company to automate predicting danger.

Automated Insights

Similarly, if you've got spreadsheets, Automated Insights turns them into stories. Think narratives for your sales teams based on their pipeline reports. Or imagine almost instant flight delay or gate data updates going out in natural, native language without a person having to get involved.

ID Avatars

This startup just raised a million to create emotional intelligence. Its first bot, Sophie, interacts with patients who have chronic health issues. Unlike some bots made to optimize paid interactions, this one is built to act in your best interests, period. (Asimov would have been proud.)

Sense.ly

This health care startup helps doctors reach patients through bots and sensors (think, on your phone) that maximize time, minimize dollars, and try to optimize patient health.