Apple has just acquired Inductiv, an Ontario-based machine learning start-up, to improve siri, Bloomberg reported. “Apple will buy smaller technology companies from time to time, but usually does not talk about purpose sprees or plans,” the company said in a statement. After the acquisition, The Inductiv engineering team will be part of Apple’s team working on Siri, machine learning, data science, and more.
Before it was acquired by Apple, Inductiv had created a technology that could automatically identify and correct machine learning (ML) error data with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).
“Clean” data is known to be critical to machine learning. As a popular and extremely powerful AI application today, it reduces reliance on labor for software improvements.
This work is part of the data discipline and is a key element of Apple’s broader approach to machine learning. Over the past few years, Apple has acquired a number of AI-related businesses such as Voysis, Xnor.ai, Turi, Perceptio and Tuplejump.
John Giannandrea, head of Siri and machine learning, said they hoped such acquisitions would further improve underlying technology.