GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that it has acquired chatbot technology outfit API.AI in a bid to challenge Facebook and Microsoft.
Google has got a clear case of FOMO, with its acquisition of API.AI showing that the firm does not want to be left behind.
"API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces," explained Google vice president of engineering Scott Huffman explained in a blog post. noting that over 60,000 developers already use the firm’s systems."
API.AI also looks to make chatbots more conversation and human-like, so it's no surprise that Google is interested, having earlier this month announced that its DeepMind AI has learned how to talk like a real person.
"API.AI offers one of the leading conversational user interface platforms and will help Google empower developers to continue building great natural language interfaces," Huffman added.
Meanwhile, API.AI CEO Ilya Gelfenbeyn said that joining Google will bring the firm’s technology to a far larger audience and ensure that the potential of chatbot technology can prove its worth in numerous areas.
"We've been constantly impressed by the fast and energetic adoption of the technology from people building conversational interfaces for chatbots, connected cars, smart home devices, mobile applications, wearables, services, robots and more," he said.
"Our vision has been to make technology understand and speak human language, and help developers build truly intelligent conversational interfaces for their products and services."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. µ
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