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Monday, May 21, 2018

Microsoft Buys Semantic Machines

Towards more conversational machines.  We spent many years trying to figure out how analytics, systems and machines could better 'understand' the meaning of data.  Now this will be essential to lead to better conversational interaction.  Note the term 'multiturn' exchanges.  Ultimately its all about the intelligent conversation.

Microsoft snaps up Semantic Machines to build out its conversational AI technology  By Duncan Riley in SiliconAngle
Microsoft Corp. Sunday said it has acquired Semantic Machines Inc., a Berkeley, California-based company that has built a conversational artificial intelligence platform that competes with the likes of Google Inc., for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2014, Semantic Machines has designed a new, language-independent technology platform that claims to go beyond understanding commands to understanding conversations. Compared with a neurolinguistic programming approach, the company said, it offers a new technology that extracts semantics across “multiturn” natural language exchanges to maintain contextual understanding over time, enabling computers to communicate, collaborate, understand goals and accomplish tasks.

The acquisition for Microsoft is aimed at boosting its existing conversational AI efforts in services such as Microsoft Cognitive, Cortana and the Azure Bot. The technology and the company itself will be used by Microsoft to establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley “to push forward the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces.”  ... " 

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