Microsoft just bought a conversational AI startup
- Is this a response to
Duplexdemo at I/O this year? Microsoftbought Semantic Machines, a Berkley-based startup.
- The technology will improve Microsoft’s
Azure Bot Serviceand Microsoft Cognitive Servicesplatforms.
AdvertisementGoogle's Duplex demonstration at I/O might have raised some eyebrows, but it also made a firm statement towards the future of AI. In fact, it could be one of the reasons why Microsoft just bought a conversational AI company called Semantic Machines.
The Berkley-based startup works on making chatbots sound more human, something all of the big tech giants have been working on. Microsoft will no doubt put the technology to use in making
However, the company also said that it will "establish a conversational AI centre of excellence in
That said, while one could expect some impact on Cortana, given Microsoft's recent efforts, one could be sure that the company's focus will be more on enterprise products. That is probably why
The company's website makes it pretty clear that it doesn't focus its efforts on consumer products. According to the website, Semantic Machines is more interested in businesses, e-commerce platforms, travel and more. All of that could easily fit with Microsoft's Azure Bot Service, which helps companies develop their own bots using Microsoft's technology. There’s also the Microsoft Cognitive Services platform, and the company says there are over a million developers who use this platform, while the Azure Bot Service has 300,000 developers at the moment.
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