Tech giants like Google and Apple are gobbling up smaller AI companies: Study

Tech giants are hungry for artificial intelligence.In a race to create the best AI solutions in an increasingly hot sector, US tech behemoths like Alphabet’s Google and iPhone maker Apple have been quietly snapping up dozens of artificial intelligence companies over the last five years, according to a recent report from analysis firm CB Insights. The firm’s data sheds new light on a trend that’s been evolving for years. Nearly 140 private companies working to advance AI technology have been acquired since 2011, including 40 buyouts just this year, CB noted. From Google’s Assistant to Apple’s Siri; Microsoft’s Cortana to Facebook chatbots, tech companies appear to be locked in a fierce competition to create autonomous technology that can understand users’ needs, and provide information quickly and reliably, CB Insights noted.…


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