Is Apple in an Arms Race for Artificial Intelligence?

What’s the next step in Apple’s evolution? (Here, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, California) Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images This post originally appeared on Business Insider. Apple’s on a buying spree as it ramps up its efforts in the tech industry’s latest arms race: Artificial intelligence. Advertisement Bloomberg reports that Apple has bought Perceptio, a company that makes image-recognition technology for smartphones, its second AI deal in four days. Perceptio was developing “deep learning” technology for smartphones, that allowed phones to independently identify images without relying on external data libraries, Bloomberg said. Deep learning is a specialized field of artificial intelligence that’s all the rage now. It allows machines to recognize patterns and learn on their own. Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly vital as companies roll out and seek to improve “virtual assistant” services such…

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