Apple adds another AI startup to its machine learning team

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Apple has bought another machine learning startup as part of its effort to boost its AI prowesses for features like intelligent search and Siri.

The company that was acquired this time is India/US-based Tuplejump. The startup’s old website has already been taken down, but it appears that it specialized in big-data technologies for businesses.

Per usual, Apple has issued its standard non-response statement, confirming the acquisition discovered by TechCrunch.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Tuplejump joins Turi and Perceptio on Apple’s roster of recently acquired machine learning companies. Terms of the deal are unknown and its unclear how Apple plans to integrate Tuplejump’s technology into its offerings.

Even though Tuplejump’s old website has been taken offline, a screenshot from the WayBack Machine reveals that it was one of the first companies to develop a new set of technologies to handle the unwieldy amount of data large businesses produce.

“We were one of the early adopters of these ‘big-data’ technologies. Having helped Fortune 500 companies adopt these technologies we quickly realized how complicated they were and how much simpler they could get…We are building technology that is simple to use, scalable and will allow people to ask difficult questions on huge datasets.”

Apple was reportedly interested in the “FiloDB” open source project Tuplejump built that applies machine learning concepts to massive amounts of data while it is being streamed. The project’s GitHub page is still active, so it appears that Apple will keep it open source for now.