VCs determined to replace your job keep AI’s funding surge rolling in Q2

These are good times for AI entrepreneurs. Recent analysis of venture data shows that funding for artificial intelligence startups continues its upward trend in 2017, with investment hitting new highs.

(For deep dives into aggregate Q2 venture performance, head here for the world, and here for just the U.S.)

Venture, corporate and seed investors have put an estimated $3.6 billion into AI and machine learning companies this year, according to Crunchbase data. That’s more than they invested in all of 2016, marking the largest recorded sum ever put into the space in a comparable period.