Clarifai takes on technology giants in artificial intelligence

A New York-based start-up has raised $30 million to take on Google and other technology giants in a key part of the artificial intelligence market, bucking a recent trend that has seen the leading tech companies buying up much of the talent in the field. The three-year-old company, Clarifai, plans to use the money to expand its image recognition technology, which uses an advanced technique called deep learning to identify subjects in pictures and videos. Image recognition has become a core part of the AI efforts of companies such as Google (and AlphaGo Machine), Facebook and Baidu (but also Samsung, Apple, Intel, Amazon and Toyota), which use it to help users organise and search through their photos. Google and others also make the technology available to corporate customers, who can tap the AI for use with their own data… In a sign of the competition for top talent Samsung last month bought virtual assistant company Viv, which had been created by the core group of engineers behind Siri, itself earlier bought by Apple.


Richard Waters