AI startups to watch: The hottest machine learning startups in the UK
Scott Carey, Thomas Macaulay & Hannah Williams
2017 saw the UK take the lead with the strongest artificial intelligence ecosystem in Europe, with London being the number one hub for startups, according to research from Asgard.
There are over 120 AI startups in the UK alone, the research found.
The UK has developed a global reputation for AI thanks in part to four of the biggest AI startup acquisitions of the last five years. That began when Google swept up DeepMind in 2014 for a reported £400 million. Then there was Apple's purchase of natural language processing (NLP) specialists VocalIQ, Microsoft's purchase of machine learning-powered keyboard SwiftKey, and Twitter's acquisition of Entrepreneur First alumni Magic Pony.
This year looks set to follow a similar pattern as AI moves beyond the hype to practical use cases. Here are some of the most interesting startups working in the area of AI in the UK today. Could the next DeepMind be lurking among them?