Apple has acquired a new machine-learning company, Tuplejump, based in India/US. According to a report by TechCrunch, this is the third machine-learning company Apple has acquired within a window of two years.
Though there hasn't been any official confirmation by the Cupertino giant, their response to the queries regarding the acquisition gives a clear indication that the deal has happened.
The company responded to the questions saying, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Though Tuplejump's website has been taken down after the acquisition, a Wayback Machine capture reveals this was the companies introduction:
"A few years ago people realised that the volume of data that businesses generate was becoming unwieldy. A new set of technologies to handle this huge amounts of data cropped up. We were one of the early adopters of these 'big-data' technologies. Having helped Fortune 500 companies adopt these technologies we quickly realised how complicated they were and how much simpler they could get.
Thus started our quest to simplify data management technologies and make them extremely simple to use. We are building technology that is simple to use, scalable and will allow people to ask difficult questions on huge datasets."
The reason a company like Tuplejump was able to gain Apple's attention was because of one of its open-source project, FiloDB. This project aims at using machine learning to analyse new, heavy and complex data on the internet.
It seems machine-learning is the next big thing in the tech industry and Apple is gearing up for something big. The company's current bid at artificial intelligence, Siri, hasn't been very successful with consumers and on the other hand, Google is busy introducing new AI features and apps for its consumer base.
Allo, Google's new instant messaging platform comes with a built-in assistant which claims to get better with every user-interaction. This new assistant uses machine-learning to provide better contextual-information to the user. Though in its nascent stage, the feature is so impactful that the messaging platform can become a major threat to giants like WhatsApp and Messenger.