Twitter acquires Magic Pony Technology to advance machine learning

Twitter is taking new steps to enhance its machine learning capabilities with its recent acquisition of Magic Pony Technology, a London-based technology company that has developed machine learning techniques for visual processing. According to Twitter, the first steps toward its machine learning investments started with Madbits in July 2014, followed by Whetlab in June 2015. Now, Magic Pony’s team will join Twitter Cortex, a team of engineers, data scientists and machine learning researchers tasked with using machine learning to build new products. According to several reports, Twitter purchased the startup for US$150 million. (Related: How machine learning resembles SOA) “Machine learning is increasingly at the core of everything we build at Twitter,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO and cofounder. “Magic Pony’s machine learning technology will help us build strength into…


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