The hiring spree of Google’s artificial-intelligence continued today with Jetpac being acquired. Jetpac is a startup through which mobile application pulling out specific items out of Instagram photos, publicly for generation of city guides.
Today in a tweet, Pete Warden, the CEO and co-founder of Jetpac, directed people to a homepage of a new company which announced news: “We look forward to working on exciting projects with our colleagues at Google.
We’ll be removing Jetpac’s apps from the App Store in the coming days, and ending support for them on 9/15.”
For users, this might sound like a sad development, but for people using Google services, especially in which images are involved, there might be an upside. A complex branch of artificial intelligence termed as computer vision was taken by Warden as well as his colleagues. Its usage was made easy for lots of people.
The team has skills in deep learning, an area on which plenty of work was done by Google. Certainly, more ideas and talent were used for implementing technologies of image-recognition as other companies such as Baidu and Microsoft, who beef up their own operations of deep-learning. Even Pinterest, like Twitter or Facebook are interested in this area.
Training systems of deep learning termed artificial neural networks are involved on lots of information from images, audio and other inputs. Then, the systems are presented with new information and inferences were received in response.
5 years were spent by Warden, a senior engineer at Apple, and now he is working on a book about deep learning. Now he didn’t given an immediate response to the request of VentureBeat for comment.
A $2.4 million funding round was announced by Jetpac in the year 2012. The investors of the startup include Jerry Yang, Morado Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures. Earlier, with Jetpac application, travel pictures were explored by people from Facebook friends and decide where they want to visit.
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