Microsoft has acquired Maluuba, a company founded by University of Waterloo grads Kaheer Suleman and Sam Pasupalak. It is a Montreal based startup that uses natural language processing and machine learning to achieve Artificial General Intelligence. Maluuba mainly focuses on using deep learning and reinforcement learning to increase the proficiency of computer based system that can answer and make decisions. Microsoft has mentioned that it will help its goal of making Artificial intelligence more useful to various industries.
Microsoft describes its focus as below
Imagine a future where, instead of frantically searching through your organization’s directory, documents or emails to find the top tax-law experts in your company, for example, you could communicate with an AI agent that would leverage Maluuba’s machine comprehension capabilities to immediately respond to your request. The agent would be able to answer your question in a company security-compliant manner by having a deeper understanding of the contents of your organization’s documents and emails, instead of simply retrieving a document by keyword matching, which happens today. This is just one of hundreds of scenarios we could imagine as Maluuba pushes the state-of-the-art technology of machine literacy.
“Sam Pasupalak and his Maluuba co-founder, Kaheer Suleman, have created a very strong engineering and research team that will become part of our Artificial Intelligence and Research organization. We believe that together, we can achieve greater scale for Maluuba’s groundbreaking work and accelerate our ability to develop software so computers can read, write and converse naturally” said Microsoft.
Microsoft will be sharing the plans about Maluuba in the coming months. This clearly indicates that Microsoft is betting big on Artificial Intelligence and to make it a big AI company in the future.