Rise of the bots: X.ai raises m more for Amy, a bot that arranges appointments

While voice-recognition-powered virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana and Amazon’s Echo continue to get more useful and reliable on the march to platform-dom, there is a parallel wave of development underway that has captured the public eye, where machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing are getting corralled for more narrowly purposed means — by way of bots.Today, a New York-based startup called X.ai — which has developed a bot that helps you arrange meetings with other people by way of a virtual assistant (‘Amy’ or ‘Andrew’) — announced that it has raised $23 million. The Series B funding will be used to take X.ai from a closed and free beta to a commercial product, and the startup also plans to hire more data scientists and other engineers. X.ai is not releasing details of its valuation, but…


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