Microsoft introduced it has bought Semantic Machines, a conversational AI startup offering chatbots and AI chat apps based in 2014 having $20.nine million in investment from buyers. The purchase will assist Microsoft meet up with Amazon Alexa, even though the latter is extra all in favour of enabling client packages of conversational AI.
Microsoft will use Semantic Device’s acquisition to ascertain a conversational AI heart of excellence in Berkeley to assist it innovate in herbal language interfaces.
Microsoft has been stepping up its merchandise in conversational AI. It introduced the virtual assistant Cortana in 2015, in addition to social chatbots like XiaoIce. The newest acquisition can assist Microsoft fortify its ‘undertaking AI’ choices.
As using NLP (herbal language processing) will increase in IoT services and products, extra startups are getting traction from buyers and established gamers. In June final yr, Josh.ai, avoice-controlled home automation tool has raised $8M.
Adopted by way of it was once SparkCognition that raised $32.5M Collection B for its NLP-based danger intelligence platform.
It seems that Microsoft’s acquisition of Semantic Machines was once motivated by way of the latter’s sturdy AI crew. The crew contains era entrepreneur Daniel Roth who bought his earlier startups Voice Sign Applied sciences and Shaser BioScience for $300M and $100M respectively. Different crew individuals come with Stanford AI Professor Percy Liang, developer of Google Assistant Core AI era and previous Apple leader speech scientist Larry Gillick.