To innovate its messenger app, facebook has currently acquired an Artificial Intelligence startup named, Ozlo who specializes in text based conversations.
Ozlo is a four-year-old start-up which claims that its virtual assistants can provide answers to such complex questions which do not have simple “yes” or “no” answers.
The start-up has 30 employees, where most will be joining Messenger in Facebook’s offices in either Menlo Park, California or Seattle, Washington.
Ozlo has raised $14 million from a number of investors like Greylock.
Ozlo’s statement on the deal
“By joining a team (Facebook) that shares our values and our vision, we will be able to continue to work on building experiences powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning”
What Messenger product head has to say
Stan Chudnovsky, the product head stated”Until we nail [text] we don’t want to go into a world where we teach people what we cannot do well. Otherwise we’re going to be in the world where people very quickly realise certain things that we don’t do well yet and then they may not give us another try”.
Why Facebook shuts down its own AI
“The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created”. So, as things got out of hand Facebook has to take the crucial step.