GlobalData conducted a study that showed that over the past five years, Apple has acquired the largest number of companies working on artificial intelligence. The Cupertino tech giant has surpassed Accenture, Google, Microsoft and Facebook on this indicator.
Over the past few years, Apple has bought companies like Emotient, Turi, Glimpse, RealFace, Shazam, SensoMotoric, Silk Labs, Drive.ai, Laserlike, SpectralEdge, Voysis, XNOR.ai, and many more. These acquisitions are designed to enhance the AI and machine learning capabilities of Apple products. The company has not disclosed all of its acquisitions, so it is possible that the Californian tech giant owns many more AI companies.
GlobalData reports that Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft collectively acquired 60 AI companies between 2016 and 2020. Of these, 25 are accounted for by Apple. CEO Tim Cook says Apple is not afraid to consider any acquisitions, but focuses on promising startups.
Most of Apple’s AI acquisitions are aimed at improving Siri’s voice assistant. The company acquired Inductiv to improve voice assistant processing, and Voysis helped Siri improve understanding of live human speech. Many acquisitions target the company’s future AI products.
GlobalData also reports that Apple, Accenture, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have hired more than 14,000 AI and machine learning technology employees in 2020.
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