Silicon Valley’s quest for artifical intelligence

The race is on among tech companies to build the best artificial brains.
Here’s a sample of what the tech giants have been up to lately:

IBM

Watson
supercomputer uses
natural language
processing and other
capabilities to win at
“Jeopardy” in 2011

Microsoft

Introduces its own
digital personal
assistant, Cortana,
in 2014

Apple

Facebook

Announces
in September
2013 the
formation
of its artificial
intelligence
research
group

Introduces Siri
in 2011 after
acquiring rights
to the
underlying
technology
by buying
a company
spun off from
think tank SRI
International

Google

Announces in June 2012
that a research team had
built a “neural network” of
computers that taught itself
to recognize pictures of cats

Source: San Jose Mercury News
Graphic: Doug Griswold, Bay Area News Grooup

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