Apple has confirmed the acquisition of Inductiv, a Canadian start-up using artificial intelligence to automate the tasks of identifying and correcting errors in data. The young team is said to have started working with the Cupertino giant on Siri, although Apple only said that it “occasionally buys small technology companies and we don’t usually discuss our goals or plans”.
After the Irish start-up Voysis, NextVR, the weather app Dark Sky, Xnor.ai, Tuplejump, Laserlike, Turi and Perceptio, it is a new acquisition confirmed by Apple. The start-up Inductiv, based in Ontario, Canada, was co-founded by Christopher Ré, Ihab Ilyas and Theodoros Rekatsinas, from Stanford University, University of Waterloo and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The company specializes in data processing, as specified by Bloomberg. In particular, Inductiv is at the origin of the HoloClean system, based on artificial intelligence, which enables the analysis, enrichment and automatic cleaning of data content used by third-party software and services.
The team at the Waterloo start-up is currently working on data processing and machine learning systems with the aim of improving Siri against its competitors. Apple would indeed work on a SiriOS, according to Mangrove Capitalwhich could be presented at WWDC 2020.