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Microsoft to Acquire Artificial Intelligence Startup to Foster it’s AI Capabilities

With this step, it will be easier for developers and subject matter experts to build the brains machine learning model for autonomous systems of all kinds

Microsoft announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire bonsai, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup based in San Francisco, to boost its AI and machine learning capabilities. Bonsai has developed technology that will let experts of AI experience to work with autonomous systems.

Leveraging industrial control systems

The company is building a general-purpose, deep reinforcement learning platform especially suited for enterprises leveraging industrial control systems such as robotics, energy, HVAC, manufacturing and autonomous systems in general.

Bonsai’s platform combined with simulation tools and reinforcement learning work in Microsoft research will compose with its Azure Machine Learning running on the Azure Cloud with GPUs and brainwave.

The bonsai team brings deep experience in machine learning and developer tools from the likes of Microsoft, Uber, Google and Apple.

Empowers developers

The company works in reinforcement learning, a kind of trial and error approach to teach a system within the confines of a simulation. That learning can be used to train autonomous systems to complete specific tasks.

To realize the vision of making AI more accessible and valuable for all, both the companies are trying to remove the barriers to development, empowering every developer, regardless of machine learning expertise, to be an AI developer.

The companies see a great opportunity to empower enterprises & developers globally with the tools and technology needed to build and operate the BRAINs that power the intelligent autonomous systems.

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