Microsoft acquires an AI startup

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it is all set to acquire an US based Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup, Bonsai to boost its AI and machine learning capabilities.

In the official Microsoft blog, the Corporate Vice President for Business AI at Microsoft, Gurdeep Pall said “Bonsai has developed a novel approach using machine teaching that abstracts the low-level mechanics of machine learning, so that subject matter experts, regardless of AI aptitude, can specify and train autonomous systems to accomplish tasks. The actual training takes place inside a simulated environment.”

Pall further added, “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. This includes unique machine-teaching innovations, automated model generation and management, a host of APIs and SDKs for simulator integration, as well as pre-built support for leading simulations all packaged in one end-to-end platform.”

The software giant believes that it is another major step forward in our vision to make it easier for developers and subject matter experts to build the “brains”— machine learning model for autonomous systems of all kinds.