Google targets natural language with API.AI acquisition

Acquisition will help Google in the development of its own natural language interfaces. Search engine giant Google has acquired API.AI, a start-up launched in 2014 that develops machine learning technologies to enable natural language interfaces. Financial details about the acquisition have not been disclosed by Google. The tools and technologies developed by the Sunnyvale, California-based company can handle speech recognition, intent recognition and context management. This lets developers offer domain-specific knowledge, unique to each bot’s needs. Google Engineering vice president Scott Huffman said: “API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces. “Over 60,000 developers are using API.AI to build conversational experiences, for environments such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and Kik, to name just a few. “API.AI offers one of the leading…


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