Microsoft Boosts AI, Acquires Deep Learning, Natural Language-Processing Startup

Microsoft on Friday announced the acquisition of Maluuba, a deep-learning and natural language-processing startup that helps computers communicate more effectively. Based in Montreal, Maluuba uses deep learning and reinforcement-learning to improve a computer’s ability to understand what it is processing. The goal is to build machines that can think like people, including making decisions on their own and comprehending when they need to acquire new information to fill any knowledge gaps.  Cue the Westworld comparisons.  Microsoft has gobbled up a number of AI-minded startups recently to compete with the likes of Google and Salesforce, including Genee and SwiftKey. Last September the company launched a new AI department, the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, to expand its efforts in the field.  “Imagine a future where, instead of frantically searching through…


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