The year 2016 saw a host of tech giants acquire AI startups, and 2017 has followed a similar pattern. Apple, Intel, Twitter and Microsoft have all spent large sums to bring artificial intelligence startups, and their expertise, in-house.
Four of the biggest AI startup acquisitions of the last five years have come from the UK, starting with Google’s purchase of DeepMind in 2014 for a reported £400 million. Since then Apple has purchased Cambridge-based natural language processing specialists VocalIQ, Microsoft has bought the machine learning powered keyboard SwiftKey, and Twitter has acquired Entrepreneur First alumni Magic Pony.
Here are some of the most interesting startups working in the area of artificial intelligence in the UK today. Could the next DeepMind be lurking in there?