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Apple acquires AI startup specializing in efficient facial recognition algorithms

By Kenny Yeo - on 23 Apr 2024, 11:01am

Apple acquires AI startup specializing in efficient facial recognition algorithms

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According to reports, Apple quietly acquired Datakalab, a French startup specializing in AI, in December last year.

Although neither company made announcements, French publication Challenges spotted the acquisition in a filing to the European Commission.

There's almost no question that this acquisition is part of Apple's strategy to focus on AI. A recent report by Statista said Apple acquired a whopping 32 AI startup companies last year.

Datakalab was founded in 2016 and its specialty is in highly efficient deep-learning algorithms that can run using low-power and without relying on cloud-based systems

Such an approach aligns with Apple's desire and goal to keep AI processes strictly on device, so as to keep customer's data safe and away from the cloud.

Before its acquisition, Datakalab was working with the French government and Disney. The company developed technologies that were used during cinema screenings to analyse the audiences' reactions in real-time.

Source: Challenges via MacRumors

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