Google with an aim to be the leader in the area of artificially intelligent interfaces, has now acquired the team behind API.AI, which is a machine learning startup which provides tools to make conversational bots. A blog post published by Scott Huffman, VP of Engineering (Google) has announced the company’s acquisition of API.AI. “We have been investing in the core machine learning technologies that enable natural language interfaces for years. To continue that investment, we’re excited to welcome API.AI to Google,” Huffman wrote in the blog. API.AI is a California-based startup which mainly makes and provides a toolkit for developers so that they can use machine learning and advanced speech in their apps directly.
This move by Google will help them in making interesting voice recognition software. Thousands of developers already have access to and use API.PI to create conversational bots and experiments. As of now, it seems that API.PI will remain open to all. Huffman wrote in the blog, “API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces. Over 60,000 developers are using API.AI to build conversational experiences, for environments such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and Kik, to name just a few.”
API.AI as of now supports 15 languages which included English, French, Chinese, Spanish and German. According to a running counter on their website, till now API.PI has processed more than 3 billion requests. None of them has disclosed the amount and terms for acquisition yet. Meanwhile, Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO API.PI in a blog said, “We’re excited for you to continue using our developer platform to build conversational user interfaces. With Google’s knowledge, infrastructure and support, we can make sure you get access to the best available technologies and developments in AI and machine learning.” This move can help Google’s Alphabet a serious threat to Apple’s SIRI app. With the way, the bot community if growing it might as well leave the way the advent of apps had an impact.