Samsung buys another AI startup to improve Bixby

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In its mission to further improve Bixby, Samsung has acquired artificial intelligence startup Kngine. It has taken a 100 percent stake in the company that has developed an artificial intelligence search engine which can understand and answer questions as well as perform relevant actions.

Samsung acquires Kngine

Kngine started its operations back in Egypt back in 2013. The company details on its website that its artificial intelligence engine crawls the web, enterprise documents, books, FAQs and even customer service logs to create “biologically plausible knowledge representations,” which basically means that the AI strives to function like a human brain.

It first understands the questions and then breaks them down into sub-questions and dependencies before forming a solution plan. It then searches its knowledge graph which combines knowledge from countless documents to find possible answers before surfacing the most plausible answer to the query.

A Samsung official revealed to The Investor that the company’s venture capital unit Samsung Next had actually invested in Kngine jointly with Vodafone Ventures Egypt in 2014. Samsung Research America later acquired a 100 percent stake in the company last year.

This isn’t the first acquisition of its kind. Samsung has been picking up smaller artificial intelligence companies recently some of which include Expect Labs and Vicarious. These acquisitions are in line with its efforts to advance artificial intelligence solutions.

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whqhdrbs
1 month 15 days ago
whqhdrbs
As far as I know, when samsung acquired viv labs it notified samsung that it would need 1.5 years before it get implemented in samsung phones, current bixby is based on what samsung had been working on internally before viv, and viv creators (former siri creators) are now viv president at samsung..since the acquisition samsung has acquired more than 30+AI related companies or startups and already around 1000 third party developers are working on it..samsung ceo confirmed that at the time of note 9 bixby 2.0 will be released and 2.0 isn’t incremental upgrade they are Viv labs one…see what… Read more »
Dretsel
1 month 16 days ago
Dretsel

Let’s be real guys, Bixby is here to stay if you like it or not. If you don’t want Bixby, don’t buy a Samsung phone.

As for the article, this is good news, it’s showing Samsung is really focused and dedicated on improving Bixby (Remember how much S- Voice sucked?), from here on forward Bixby will only be getting better.

n900mixalot
1 month 15 days ago
n900mixalot

S-Voice could interactively read and reply to text messages before Google Voice could.

It wasn’t that bad.

Matthaus79
1 month 16 days ago
Matthaus79

Seriously just get rid of the damn thing and the button to go with it which is in the way always

It will never be as good as Google assistant for simple tasks

n900mixalot
1 month 15 days ago
n900mixalot

Simple tasks for simple people.

Bixby for the rest of us.

stondec
1 month 16 days ago
stondec

Let’s hope this quickly translates into a much improved Bixby.
As it stands Bixby is excellent at navigating the phone but not much else and also is in dire need of polish.

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