Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, a conversational artificial intelligence startup, the software giant announced on May 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Based in Berkeley, Calif., Semantic Machines specializes in AI systems that can carry on conversations. It’s a step up from command-driven AI experiences, where virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s own Cortana respond to commands and complete tasks but generally offer little in the way of an ongoing dialogue between bots and human users.
Author: Pedro Hernandez