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Microsoft acquires AI firm Bonsai to boost machine learning

Bonsai helps enterprises create and integrate autonomous AI systems into their processes with ease

  • Published: June 21, 2018 4:54 PM IST
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Artificial intelligence is stated to be one of the most promising technologies of the future. Almost every tech giant is investing heavily in the technology to get ahead in the game. Microsoft is one of those companies, and to improve its grasp in the AI segment, the company recently announced that it is acquiring a Berkeley-based AI firm called Bonsai.

Microsoft Corporate VP Gurdeep Pall said in a blogpost, “To realize this vision of making AI more accessible and valuable for all, we have to remove the barriers to development, empowering every developer, regardless of machine learning expertise, to be an AI developer. Bonsai has made tremendous progress here and Microsoft remains committed to furthering this work.”

Founded in 2014, Bonsai specializes in designing and integrating autonomous AI systems to complete certain tasks. Bonsai ideally caters to companies belonging to energy, manufacturing and automotive industries. The company claims to be designing the first deep reinforcement learning platform that allows enterprises to build intelligence into their systems. It has previously worked with Siemens and has helped subject matter experts with no AI expertise, train an AI model to auto calibrate a Computer Numerical Control machine 30 times faster than the traditional approach.

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Microsoft plans on bring in Bonsai’s platform to help develop Azure machine learning, along with Azure Cloud with GPUs. Bonsai will also help with Project Brainwave by creating AI and training systems all around, providing a start to end AI solution for Microsoft. As of the now, the 42 Bonsai employees will become part of Microsoft’s AI and Research group.

  • Published Date: June 21, 2018 4:54 PM IST