Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines to amplify its AI

Microsoft working to boost its artificial intelligence segment.

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Microsoft has recently acquired Semantic Machines, and it aligns with its efforts to enhance Cortana. The acquisition makes perfect sense for Microsoft to make its voice assistant better.

Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines to amplify its AI

 

Microsoft said that the purchase will not only bring updates to Cortana, but will also help chatbots like Xiaolce. The chatbot has crossed over 30 billion conversations across China, US, Japan, and Indonesia.

Semantic Machines describes itself as a firm that develops fundamental technology allowing users to interact with machines naturally. The company is led by Dan Roth, UC Berkeley professor Dan Klein and Stanford University professor Percy Liang.

"With the acquisition of Semantic Machines, we will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley to push forward the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces," said David Ku, CVP and chief technology officer of Microsoft AI & Research.

"Combining Semantic Machines' technology with Microsoft's own AI advances, we aim to deliver powerful, natural and more productive user experiences that will take conversational computing to a new level."

Microsoft also introduced the next generation Surface Hub 2. It is designed from the ground up to be used by teams - to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of the location. The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, agiler and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style. The gorgeous 4K+ 50.5" multi-touch display creates an inviting canvas to co-create, harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. Surface Hub 2 scales and adapts to users' space through tiling up to four screens together in portrait or landscape view.

Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be used by teams - to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of location. The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, agiler and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style. The gorgeous 4K+ 50.5" multi-touch display creates an inviting canvas to co-create, harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.

 

Microsoft is also reportedly working on a smart speaker in partnership with Quanta Computer. At least that's what unspecified developer documentation suggests. There have been few technical specifications highlighted in the purported documents. It mentions that the device will be optimized for "Internet of Things" but there aren't any details about the execution.

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