Google nabs AI startup to help phones see better

Google is heavily invested in image recognition. Getty Images As computers around the world get smarter and more powerful, internet heavyweight Google is determined to stay ahead of the game.The company said on Wednesday that it is buying a French artificial intelligence company called Moodstocks that specializes in image recognition.Moodstocks focuses on building image-recognition capabilities into phones, and first introduced software that could do this back in 2012. Over the past two and a half years it has extended its reach into physical object recognition, the company says on its website.Joining forces with Google, Moodstocks said, will allow the company “to deploy our work at scale” and “build great image recognition tools within Google.”Google has already been working on its own computer vision tech that allows phones to understand the…


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