Microsoft acquires deep learning startup Maluuba & Yoshua Bengio to have advisory role
January 13, 2017, Microsoft have agreed to acquire Maluuba, a Montreal-based company with one of the world’s most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding. Maluuba’s expertise in deep learning and reinforcement learning for question-answering and decision-making systems will help Micordoft advance strategy to democratize AI and to make it accessible and valuable to everyone — consumers, businesses and developers.
Maluuba’s vision is to advance toward a more general artificial intelligence by creating literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans. Maluuba is addressing some of the fundamental problems in language understanding by modeling some of the innate capabilities of the human brain, from memory and common sense reasoning to curiosity and decision making.
Additionally, Yoshua Bengio, one of the world’s foremost experts in deep learning, head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and an advisor to Maluuba, will also be advising Microsoft.
For Maluuba’s perspective on this acquisition, please read this blog post from Sam and Kaheer.