Microsoft acquires machine learning startup Bonsai

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Microsoft expands artificial intelligence technology through the acquisition of a San Francisco-based startup known as Bonsai, which improves enterprise companies by incorporating machine learning and AI capabilities into their existing operations.

Bonsai’s technology supports customers in industries like energy, manufacturing, and automotive by building AI into their intelligent systems and processes.

The startup company’s automated platform improves the method in which subject matter experts train autonomous systems, regardless of AI knowledge.

“Bonsai does for AI what databases do for data: abstracting away the low level complexity of artificial intelligence, and providing developers with the run-time environment and tooling to program AI models,” the company says in a video on its website.

Bonsai’s 42 employees will become part of Microsoft’s AI and Research group, which has been at the center of a major technological shift inside the company.

“To realize this vision of making AI more accessible and valuable for all, we have to remove the barriers to development, empowering every developer, regardless of machine learning expertise, to be an AI developer,” Gurdeep Pall, an executive with Microsoft’s AI & Research group, wrote in a blog post. “Bonsai has made tremendous progress here and Microsoft remains committed to furthering this work.”

Notably, Microsoft was already an investor in Bonsai through its M12 venture capital arm.

Other AI-related acquisitions by Microsoft in recent years include Semantic Machines, Maluuba, SwiftKey, and Genee.

Within the month of June, Microsoft has acquired GitHub, FlipGrid, and numerous game studios.