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While all kinds of gee-whiz artificial intelligence startups have received ample funding over the last few years, they may lose support in the midst of wild market volatility.

With that atmosphere of endangered innovation in mind, Business Insider asked six investors about the AI startups that they particularly like right now. Here are 14 that won praise, including companies that track weather patterns to help grow vineyards, make “smart” cameras to alert authorities to school shooting threats, and collect wastewater to follow the coronavirus through sewers.

SEE ALSO: The AI startup industry may be heading for consolidation and bigger problems as the economy gets tougher: ‘Get acquired or go out of business’

Affectiva: Measuring emotional responses to videos

Company: Affectiva

What it does: Affectiva uses emotion-recognition software to measure people’s responses to digital content – such as ads and TV programming – to help clients create better ads and more engaging content.

Why it’s cool: Spun out of MIT Media Lab in 2009, Affectiva lets gaming, marketing, or entertainment companies run tests to gauge whether an audience is interested, bored, or confused. Companies can use Affectiva’s analysis of reactions to cut out the ineffective parts of an ad, or accentuate the popular attributes of a new character.

Founders: Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind Picard

Funding: $53 million to date, most recently in a $26 million round led by Aptiv PLC, as well as Trend Forward Capital, Motley Fool Ventures and CAC.

Aquabyte: Spotting sea lice and keeping fish healthy

Company: Aquabyte

What it does: Aquabyte aims to make fish farms more efficient and sustainable through software that tracks how much food fish need

Why it’s cool: It uses underwater cameras and computer vision to determine the weight and health of fish, to more accurately deduce their feeding needs. It can also detect and alert farmers …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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