Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft buys AI startup Lobe

Microsoft buys AI startup Lobe

Artificial intelligence, like a zombie, needs human brains.

Lobe took advantage of its popularity only a few months ago, when they introduced a new tool that made it possible to create models for machine learning by dragging and dropping blocks in an extremely simple interface. And there just aren't enough of those brains - not even close.

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it has acquired a small San Francisco-based startup called Lobe Artificial Intelligence Inc. as part of its continuing push to help people create deep learning models more easily. Its platform can read handwriting, hear music, and understand gestures. Join us in Lisbon on December 4-6 to meet with fellow experts as we define the future of next-gen communications and how to make it profitable.

And, of course, Microsoft announced an agreement in June to acquire GitHub, an open source collaboration platform, for $7.5 billion. Using Lobe, the user can drag in a folder of training examples, and watch the software built a deep-learning model to train the AI with.

AI is revolutionising entire industries like medicine and farming, Scott said, but the technology has been slow to realise its full potential because of the complexity involved in building and training models. "To date, many people have been at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing AI, and we're committed to changing that", said Kevin Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft at the acquisition announcement. The Lobe acquisition is part of that effort.

It's price noting that Lobe's intention enhances Microsoft's current Azure ML Studio platform, which additionally supplies a plug-and-topple interface for building machine learning devices, though with a more utilitarian win than the slick interface that the Lobe workforce built.

Lobe became co-founded by Mike Matas, who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad, as wisely as Facebook's Paper and Immediate Articles merchandise.

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