As part of its continued push into the AI (Artificial Intelligence) sector, Google has just exposed that it has acquired a new deep learning startup. The India based Halli Labs the latest addition to Google’s Next Billion Users team, joining the world-leading tech company less than two months after the startup’s first public appearance. The young company has described its mission announcement at Google as “to help get more technology and information into more people’s hands across the world.” Halli announced the news itself in a concise post on Medium, and Caesar Sengupta, a VP at Google, confirmed the purchase shortly subsequently on Twitter.
— Caesar Sengupta (@caesars) July 12, 2017
While Halli Labs is still in its infancy, the company’s founder – Pankaj Gupta — is a data scientist who has worked at Twitter as well as defunct Indian Airbnb competitor Stayzilla. Google acquiring AI firms is hardly shocking news, but the tech giant’s focus on expanding into developing markets is what separates them from other recent acquisitions. With Google formerly introduced region-specific offline versions of apps and even installation of Wi-Fi into Indian railway stations, the tech behemoth has already revealed its interest in making life easier for the country’s growing population of internet users worldwide.
With Halli Labs’ announcement on twitter is stating that Google’s prominence is on solving “older problems”, this fascinating acquisition appears to show, Google once again using Artificial Intelligence to double down on servicing the world’s internet users.