Microsoft announced today that it has purchased Lobe, the creator of a platform for building custom deep learning models using a visual interface that does not require code or technical understanding of AI. Lobe, a platform that can understand handwritten, read handwriting and listen music, will continue to develop as a standalone service, according to the company's website.
People have just begun utilizing AIs, Microsoft CTO Kevins Scott said today in a blog post that announced the acquisition.
"This is largely due to the fact that AI development and the construction of deep learning models are slow and complex processes, even for experienced computer scientists and developers. Until now, many people have had a disadvantage in accessing AI, and we is obliged to change it, he says.
Lobe is Microsoft's third San Francisco-AI startup acquisition in recent months, following the purchase of Semantics Machines in the Natural Language Processing Company in May, to remedy Cortana's intelligence, provide voice app developers better tools and open a conversational AI Center for Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley.
In June, Microsoft Bonsai, a company with a platform with automated model generation management.
Each acquisition was made to further Microsoft's work to simplify the ways people can make their own AI models, Scott said.
Although Microsoft has been keen to purchase AI launch in recent months, companies such as Google and Apple are responsible for the total AI startup that has been achieved since 2012, according to CB Insight analysis earlier this year.
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