Google acquires Benguluru-based artificial intelligence firm Halli Labs for undisclosed sum

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 13, 2017

In a short statement to TechCrunch, Google's spokesperson Taj Meadows said, "We are excited that the Halli Labs team is joining Google". The news was confirmed by Google later.

The team includes Pankaj Gupta and Pradhuman Jhala, who earlier worked with Stayzilla, as per report.

Its mission is "to help technology enable people to do whatever it is that they want to do, easier and better". "Looking forward to building some cool stuff together", tweeted Google's Vice President, Product Management, Caesar Sengupta on Wednesday. It never shipped any technologies to consumers - again the company is just four months old - but in a blog post, the company said it wanted to give "superhuman powers to all of us humans in letting us do whatever we want to do, better". In 2016, Google had opened an engineering hub in Singapore to help it recreate its products for mobile-first Southeast Asian users.

American multinational tech giant Google Inc. has acquired Halli Labs, a Bangalore-based artificial intelligence firm. As explained in the company's debut blog post, the word "Halli" means "village" in Kannada, which is an Indian language, so that might be a hint that it's working on issues such as providing sanitation and fresh water, which remain big problems in rural areas of the Subcontinent.

Halli became the latest addition in a long list of AI companies which have been taken over by muti-national technology goliaths such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Uber etc. The initiative, appropriately, is about reaching and bringing on the internet's next billion users.

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