Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements
Apple confirmed the purchase with one of its typical acquisition statements: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Inductiv's engineering team joined Apple after the acquisition to work on Siri, machine learning, and data science at the company. Prior to the purchase, Inductiv created technology that used AI to automate identifying and correcting errors in data for machine learning purposes. From Bloomberg:
Having clean data is important for machine learning, a popular and powerful type of AI that helps software improve with less human invention.
The work falls under the category of data science, a key element of Apple's broader machine-learning strategy.