Microsoft today announced plans to acquire Bonsai, 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:
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. This includes unique machine-teaching innovations, automated model generation and management, a host of APIs and SDKs for simulator integration, as well as pre-built support for leading simulations all packaged in one end-to-end platform.
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.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Tons of fixes come to Beta, RP Insiders in Windows 10 build 19042.541
Another Windows 10 preview build is rolling out to Insiders on the Release Preview and Beta channels today. This week's build comes with a ton of fixes meant to help shore up the October 2020 Update ahead of its public release.
Xbox Series X, Series S preorders sell out in record time
Everything you need to know about Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders, and where to find stock before it runs out.
The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is the best refinement yet of the iconic mouse
Razer's best-selling mouse is the DeathAdder and there's many reasons it's as popular as it is. The DeathAdder V2 Pro is the latest update and in shedding the cable this is now the ultimate version of one of gaming's most iconic mice.
Everything you need to build your own NAS setup (and what it will cost)
Running out of storage on your PC or laptop is the worst. Building your own Network Attached Storage (NAS) can help make sure you never have to experience misery.