Salesforce Has Big Plans For Latest Artificial Intelligence Acquisition

Salesforce’s acquisition of an artificial intelligence startup this week will ultimately help customers wring more value from the data they’ve been collecting for years, according to Salesforce president and chief operating officer Keith Block. The business software giant bought MetaMind, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that sells natural language processing, computer vision, and database prediction tools, for an undisclosed amount. Computers running the appropriate software can use MetaMind’s products to sift through reams of data and adapt its actions going forward based on what it learns. And that’s a hot space of late. Late last year, Salesforce bought MinHash to bring AI to its marketing services; Microsoft msft bought fellow AI company SwiftKey; Intel intc bought Saffron AI; and IBM ibm simply can’t stop talking about Watson, its cognitive computing…


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