Microsoft just bought an AI startup that can outperform Facebook and Google

Date: January 16, 2017 Published by

  • Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired Maluuba, a Toronto startup focused on using deep learning for natural language processing.
  • Deep learning is an approach to artificial intelligence currently in vogue that has driven incredible gains in the field over the last five years.
  • This is just one of hundreds of scenarios we could imagine as Maluuba pushes the state-of-the-art technology of machine literacy.”
  • Along with acquiring the company, Microsoft has also established closer ties with Yoshua Bengio, a pioneer in the field of deep learning who served as an advisor to Maluuba, and will now become and advisor to Microsoft’s AI division.
  • A system like this could be integrated with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, to help consumers deal with everyday chores like email.