Apple recently purchased an AI startup named Xnor.ai, however, no financial details of the acquisition were confirmed by Apple. The company was started in 2017 when it branched from the Allen Institute for AI. Initially, the AI startup worked on processes that can increase the efficiency of machine learning algorithms.
Apple confirmed the acquisition, however, it did not elaborate on the organization's rationale for purchasing the AI startup. Additionally, Apple released a statement about the purchase, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
The purchase appears to follow the company's general direction, as Apple appears to be relying more and more on AI and machine learning. Apple previously released a chip that was designed for machine learning, and the company also uses machine learning for image processing.
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Apple Purchased a Company Named Xnor.ai to Bolster Its Machine Learning
Daniel Johnson — January 16, 2020 — Business
References: apple & techcrunch