Microsoft introduced it has received Semantic Machines, a conversational AI startup offering chatbots and AI chat apps based in 2014 having $20.nine million in investment from traders. The purchase will assist Microsoft meet up with Amazon Alexa, regardless that the latter is extra inquisitive about enabling shopper 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 most recent acquisition can assist Microsoft make stronger its ‘undertaking AI’ choices.
As using NLP (herbal language processing) will increase in IoT services, extra startups are getting traction from traders and established avid gamers. In June closing yr, Josh.ai, avoice-controlled home automation instrument has raised $8M.
Adopted by way of it used to be SparkCognition that raised $32.5M Sequence B for its NLP-based danger intelligence platform.
It sounds as if Microsoft’s acquisition of Semantic Machines used to be motivated by way of the latter’s sturdy AI workforce. The workforce contains generation entrepreneur Daniel Roth who bought his earlier startups Voice Sign Applied sciences and Shaser BioScience for $300M and $100M respectively. Different workforce participants come with Stanford AI Professor Percy Liang, developer of Google Assistant Core AI generation and previous Apple leader speech scientist Larry Gillick.