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Microsoft buys a start-up that wants A.I. to make conversation with humans

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May 21, 2018

Microsoft has bought Semantic Machines, an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up, as it looks to boost its efforts in developing conversational AI.

Berkeley, California-based Semantic’s approach to AI is using machine-learning to add context to conversations with chatbots. This means taking information received by the AI and applying it to future dialogue.

The firm’s speech recognition team previously led automatic speech recognition development for Apple’s personal assistant Siri.

Microsoft did not disclose any financial details of the acquisition.

Big players are trying to make their personal assistants more human-like. Amazon has said it is aiming to give Alexa a “memory” and add more context to conversations, while Google demonstrated a chat between a hairdresser and a human-like version of its assistant that booked an appointment on behalf of someone else.

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This article was posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:47 am

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