Machine learning startup Inductiv has been acquired by Apple, according to a report published by Bloomberg. Inductiv had been developing technology used to identify and correct errors in datasets.
The report details how the engineering team from Inductiv has joined Apple to work on several different projects including Siri, machine learning, and data science.
Apple released a statement regarding their recent acquisition stating ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans’.
The machine learning startup, Inductiv was founded by professors from Stanford University, University of Waterloo, and the University of Wisconsin.
Bloomberg details in the report about Inductiv’s technology:
Inductiv developed technology that uses artificial intelligence to automate the task of identifying and correcting errors in data. Having clean data is important for machine learning, a popular and powerful type of AI that helps software improve with less human invention.
In the past few years, Apple has made several acquistions. In 2016, Apple acquired Turi, a Seattle based startup that specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Shortly after the acquisition, Apple released Turi Create, for simplifying machine learning model developments.
In 2018, Apple acquired Silk Labs, another startup, based on privacy-focused artificial intelligence. In 2020 Apple had acquired NextVR, a company with over a decade of experience in virtual reality and Xnor.ai, which was powering person detection on smart home cameras developed by Wyzeyze