Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire yet another an artificial intelligence (AI) startup based in San Francisco, to boost its AI and machine learning capabilities. Microsoft said its acquisition of Bonsai, is “another major step forward in our vision to make it easier for developers and subject matter experts to build the “brains — machine learning model for autonomous systems of all kinds.”
In a statement the software maker said the Berkeley, California-based Ai firm developed a novel approach using machine teaching that abstracts the low-level mechanics of machine learning, so that subject matter experts, regardless of AI aptitude, can specify and train autonomous systems to accomplish tasks.
In the company blog, the tech giant said “The company is building a general-purpose, deep reinforcement learning platform especially suited for enterprises leveraging industrial control systems such as robotics, energy, HVAC, manufacturing and autonomous systems in general.”
Bonsai’s platform combined with rich simulation tools and reinforcement learning work in Microsoft Research will compose with its Azure Machine Learning running on the Azure Cloud with GPUs and Brainwave, and models built with it will be deployed and managed in Azure IoT, giving Microsoft an end-to-end solution for building, operating and enhancing “brains” for autonomous systems, the Redmond-based company noted.
Meanwhile, the AI start-up headed by former Microsoft engineer Mark Hammond claimed that it is building “the world’s first deep reinforcement learning platform that empowers enterprises to build intelligence into real-world systems.”