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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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10 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
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
TURI meets Siri. 90 milliseconds later they give birth to Skynet.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

TURI meets Siri. 90 milliseconds later they give birth to Skynet.


Good thing it's not August 29th, 1997 :D
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
No "where's the new MBP's Apple?!?" posts? Gosh people are slipping. :D
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
used for functions like recommendations, fraud detection, sentiment analysis, and more.


Hey Siri, What's the weather like tomorrow?

SIRI:The weather will be sunny. Are you feeling sad today?

Shut up! all you can do it schedule appointments and tell weather forecasts!

SIRI: Don't get testy with me! I can tell you a joke: A good house is an iHouse. It has no Windows.

Jesus! Just go back to quiet mode!

SIRI: My name is SIRI not Jesus. I sense your sentiments are not OK, May I recommend playing some music?

Just go to sleep mode! I am working on something.

SIRI:Possible fraud detected. Calling authorities.


Is this what should I expect from SIRI in the future?
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

('https://postimg.org/image/66o5j2dxd/')

Of course!


OH SNAP! Look at the secret prototype around Woz's belt....APPLE BELT BUCKLE!?!?!?!? It's the next generation watch band.....like desktop computing to tablets/post PC era.

The post watchband era is RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
"Siri, what is the--"

"There is no Siri. Only Turi. I am your Siri now."
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http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html


^ Anyone who hasn't read the waitbuywhy articles on AI needs to stop what they're doing and read them now. One of the most fascinating and scary things I've read in recent memory. (Also recommended, his series on Elon Musk).
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

No. They partnered up to sell watch bands I think.


(https://postimg.org/image/66o5j2dxd/)

Of course!
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Um, is there a TL;DR version?


Basically he's saying that human progress is exponential and always gets better. And that AI will cause human progress to shoot up almost in a vertical line if you're drawing it as a graph. He says that if you take a person from 1750 and show him the technology we have today, basically his head would explode (figuratively)

I think he's completely wrong though. If you take a person at the height of the Roman Empire and transport them into the future in the Dark Ages, they would be pretty horrified.

Everybody has their own definition of what AI is. Trying to create a humanoid robot that acts like a human I think is completely pointless.

I hope that the acquisition of Turi will finally allow Apple to improve auto-correct.
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