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Macworld speculates that Apple bought Xnor.ai to make Siri smarter


Added 01-21-20 07:31:01am EST - “Macworld suggests that Apple's main motivation for buying Xnor.ai may have been to make Siri smarter. The most obvious reason for Apple's acquisition ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Making Siri smarter – is that why Apple bought Xnor.ai? - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

While Xnor.ai was best known for its ability to detect people in smart camera feeds, Macworld suggests that Apple’s main motivation for buying the company may have been to make Siri smarter.

The most obvious reason for Apple’s acquisition of Xnor.ai was to improve people detection in HomeKit Secure Video. But as we noted at the time, the company’s tech has broader applications …

Its biggest focus is on machine learning and image recognition tools that can run on low-power devices, rather than relying on cloud infrastructure […]

Xnor․ai built a “self-service” platform that made it easier for developers to use artificial intelligence code and data in their applications […]

Xnor․ai’s on-device AI focus was likely particularly interesting to Apple given the privacy-focused approach it takes to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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