Apple has acquired Voysis, a complete voice AI platform for natural language instruction, search, discovery, and checkout.
The company 'confirmed' the acquisition to Bloomberg with the usual statement saying Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Voysis’s system taps into Wavenets, an AI-based method for creating more human-like computer speech that was first developed by Google’s DeepMind in 2016. Voysis co-founder Peter Cahill said in 2018 that his company managed to shrink its system to the point where, once the AI is trained, the software uses as little as 25 megabytes of memory — about the same size as four Apple Music songs. That made it much easier to run on smartphones without an internet connection.
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