Microsoft today announced plans to acquire Bonsai (opens in new tab), a California-based company focused on innovating in the field of machine learning. The goal of the acquisition, Microsoft says, is to use Bonsai's tech to make it easier for developers to "build the 'brains'" for autonomous systems.
Bonsai is responsible for a new approach to machine learning models that has drastically cut the time and expertise needed to train autonomous systems to accomplish tasks. From Microsoft:
So far, Bonsai has managed to use its approach to teach a simulated robotic arm to grasp and stack blocks 45 times faster than a similar approach from Google's DeepMind. Siemens has also used Bonsai's AI platform to train a model to automatically calibrate a Computer Numerical Control machine "30 times faster than the traditional approach," Microsoft says.
"We're really confident this unique marriage of research, novel approach and technology will have a tremendous effect toward removing barriers and accelerating the current state of AI development. We look forward to having Bonsai and their team join us to help realize this collective vision," Microsoft Corporate Vice Presiden of Business AI Gurdeep Pall said in announcing the acquisition.
Microsoft plans to combine Bonsai's platform with Azure Machine Learning, Azure Cloud, and the company's Project Brainwave to enhance its AI and training systems.
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Bonsi, GitHub, 4 gaming studios. Microsoft is on quite the shopping spree just now.
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