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Friday, July 28, 2017

Intel has its Ginger Assistant

Somewhat belatedly brought up, but Intel reported buying Ginger in 2014.   No reports of what has been done with it, but it was mentioned in a Intel sponsored Columbia meeting today.   Following up.

Intel Pays Up To $30M For A Personal Assistant Platform From Ginger Software   Posted May 9, 2014 by Ingrid Lunden

Apple has Siri, and now Intel has Ginger. The chipmaker has made one more acquisition to bolster its advanced computing and artificial intelligence holdings: it has purchased selected assets, and hired talent, from Israel’s Ginger Software in the area of natural language processing tools and applications. Those assets include a platform for third parties to create customised personal assistants, for a price believed to be up to $30 million.

Ginger Software, backed by investors like Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, will continue to operate as an independent business focusing on its remaining business: intelligent grammar and spell checking software. This is not the only change afoot at Ginger: the company recently saw its chairperson, Soffer Teeni, leave to head up Facebook Israel.  .... " 

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