Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Google acquires API.AI to build conversational interfaces | ZDNet

Also see Making Conversational Interfaces Easier to Build (Google Developers Blog) and API.AI is joining Google! (api.ai blog)

"Google on Monday said that it's acquiring the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup API.AI, continuing its investment in machine learning technologies that enable natural language interfaces. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces," wrote Google Vice President of Engineering Scott Huffman in a blog post. More than 60,000 developers are using API.AI to build conversational experiences for Slack, Facebook Messenger, Kik, and other environments, he noted.

API.AI also created Assistant, its own leading conversational assistant app with more than 20 million users."
Google acquires API.AI to build conversational interfaces | ZDNet
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