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Microsoft acquires AI startup company Bonsai to seek commercial breakthrough

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Bonsai's software products employ a fashion approach called "reinforcement learning," which includes a training system that can produce better results through trial and error. For some important areas of data that experts focus on, after cultivating artificial intelligence models, they can be incorporated into enterprise applications.

The system can be deployed onMicrosoftAzure public cloud products. "Microsoft will make sure it works well on Azure," Gurdeep Pall, vice president of Microsoft's Enterprise AI, said in an interview.

Bonsai, founded in 2014 with about 42 employees, has offices in Seattle and Berkeley, California. According to data from Crunchbase, a market research agency, the company has raised $13 million 600 thousand in venture capital from the ABB technology Vc firm, new enterprise union, Samsung, and SIEMENS. And Microsoft's own Vc firm, M12.Bonsai CEO Mark Hammond (Mark Hammond) in the last century at the end of 1990s and early 2000s has been working at Microsoft.

Hammond said that Bonsai has exchanges with companies in the fields of oil, ventilation systems, robots and automobiles. He said that in cooperation with Siemens, Bonsai was able to automate the manual process and increase its speed by 30 times.

In recent years, Microsoft has continued its business acquisitions in the AI ​​field. In early 2017, Maluuba, another small AI company, was acquired; a year ago, Microsoft acquired start-up company SwiftKey, which relied on AI technology to enhance mobile virtual keyboard application functionality.

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