Apple acquires Perceptio, AI image classification experts

Bloomberg reported that Apple has made it rain on Perceptio, a small startup focused on AI and deep learning. As much as any Apple fan will talk up the company’s devices, if there’s one thing Apple hasn’t quite gotten right yet it’s Siri’s speech recognition. In a statement to the news agency, spokesman Colin Johnson said: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our objective or plans”. For creating fun animations from short video clips, the duo released an iOS app called Smoothie, which neither employs AI software nor is built on a machine learning backbone like the core technology of Perceptio. The Perceptio startup was founded by well-known AI researchers Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone. Prior to being acquired, the company…


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