Apple Acquires Machine Learning and AI Startup Turi

Apple recently purchased Seattle-based machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi, reports GeekWire. Apple is said to have paid around $200 million to acquire the company, which was known as "Dato" until earlier this month.

Turi is designed to help developers build apps with artificial intelligence capabilities that automatically scale. It has developed the Turi Machine Learning Platform, GraphLab Create, and Turi Predictive Services, used for functions like recommendations, fraud detection, sentiment analysis, and more.

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Turi toolkits simplify development of machine learning models. Each incorporates automatic feature engineering, model selection, and machine learning visualizations specific to the application. There is no faster way to build performant models.

Citing people familiar with the acquisition, GeekWire says Turi employees will remain in the Seattle area, where Apple has been establishing a presence over the past few years.

Apple confirmed the acquisition with the standard purchase statement it gives to media outlets: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

It is not known what Apple will do with Turi's technology, but Apple has made several AI-related purchases in recent months including VocalIQ, Perceptio, and Emotient.

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Mr. Turtle Avatar
104 months ago
Wow so much negativity under each and every post, even this one (and I really don't know what there is to say about Apple buying startups that is negative...) I can't andre it anymore, macrumors really is a place for apple haters. There are better alternatives out there
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teamgibbs Avatar
104 months ago
TURI meets Siri. 90 milliseconds later they give birth to Skynet.
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Rogifan Avatar
104 months ago
No "where's the new MBP's Apple?!?" posts? Gosh people are slipping. :D
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keysofanxiety Avatar
104 months ago
Artificial Intelligence... Wonder if this will make its way to help Siri become smarter. I just want to be able to order a pizza with her.
Well in which case, I hope you ordered the "I'm sorry, I can't take any requests right now" topping.
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keysofanxiety Avatar
104 months ago
TURI meets Siri. 90 milliseconds later they give birth to Skynet.
Good thing it's not August 29th, 1997 :D
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Zirel Avatar
104 months ago
No. They partnered up to sell watch bands I think.
(https://postimg.org/image/66o5j2dxd/)

Of course!
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