Apple buys machine learning firm Perceptio, suggests development of imaging AI

 Apple on Monday confirmed the purchase of machine learning firm Perceptio, a startup focused on bringing advanced image-classifying artificial intelligence to smartphones with minimal data overhead. According to Bloomberg, Perceptio specialized in deep learning, an arm of machine learning that relies on pattern-based processing to analyze and categorize input. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.”Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said Apple spokesman Colin Johnson.Along with Perceptio’s technology, Apple acquihired cofounders and artificial intelligence researchers Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, who earned PhDs from Harvard and MIT, respectively. The duo was developing AI software capable of recognizing and classifying images without tapping into monolithic stores of data, unlike current image recognition engines that rely on cloud…


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