Microsoft acquires Montreal-based deep learning startup Maluuba

Teaching machines to understand human language has long been the holy grail in artificial intelligence – and in a Montreal startup, Microsoft Corp. believes they have found the perfect guide. On Friday the Redmond, Wash. tech giant announced that was acquiring Montreal-based deep learning startup Maluuba, which Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, called “one of the world’s most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding,” for an undisclosed sum. “We’ve recently set new milestones for speech and image recognition using deep learning techniques, and with this acquisition we are, as Wayne Gretzky would say, skating to where the puck will be next — machine reading and writing,” Shum wrote in a Jan. 13 blog post. “Maluuba’s expertise in deep learning and…


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