How Tech Biggies Are Racing For Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey in a bid to beef up its artificial intelligence push, according to a Financial Times report. SwiftKey’s technology sifts through millions of typed-in keyboard combinations and collects that data in hopes of correctly guessing what you’re entering even before you finish typing. The new acquisition, which is reportedly in the range of $250 million is enabling Microsoft to dive deeper into intelligent assistance with Cortana. Microsoft is not the only tech major bullish on the artificial intelligence (AI) space. Of late, the future of AI has been a major topic of discussion. In general terms, AI refers to machines doing intellectual tasks at a level comparable to humans. That means reasoning, planning, learning, and using language to communicate at a high level. It also probably includes sensing and interacting with the physical world, as Stephen Hawking’s…


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