Apple is upping the ante on artificial intelligence (AI). The smartphone giant has reportedly acquired AI startup Turi for $200 million. According to a report in GeetWire, “The acquisition reflects a larger push by Apple into artificial intelligence and machine learning. It also promises to further increase the Cupertino, California-based company’s presence in the Seattle region, where Apple has been building an engineering outpost for the past two years.”
In a statement Apple told GeekWire, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
Incidentally, this is Apple’s standard reply to queries regarding acquisitions made by the company.
Seattle-based Turi offers machine learning tools. “Turi toolkits simplify development of machine learning models. Each incorporates automatic feature engineering, model selection, and machine learning visualizations specific to the application,” says the company on its website.
Apple has also acquired some other machine learning and AI-related startups in recent months like VocalIQ, Emotient and Perceptio.