Tangentially, see Amazon hires AI expert to ward off Google in its cloud business (Recode) and Google revs its AI engines with a new European research group (IDG)
"Microsoft didn't disclose financial information, but it’s probably a deal for talent and tech. Wand had raised just over $2.6 million in a seed round; its CEO, Vishal Sharma, spent seven years at Google including a stint on Now, its mobile personal assistant.Microsoft is buying a Wand to add new magic to Cortana and its bots - Recode
At Microsoft, he’ll be working on the software giant’s intelligence products, which are shifting away from competing with Google on search to a big focus on conversational AI tools, or bots."
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