Statista: Apple Leads the Race for AI Domination

Apple has acquired 20 AI companies since 2010, more than any other Big Five tech firm.

From Felix Richter’s Thursday post:

As the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) opens today in Shanghai, this infographic highlights the extent to which tech’s Big Five have been trying to conquer the high-potential market over the last decade. Google has been slowly injecting AI into many of its products and services but as this chart shows, it’s Apple that are leading the way in terms of acquisitions.

According to numbers compiled by CB Insights, Apple has acquired 20 artificial intelligence startups since 2010, more than any other company. Considering that all tech industry heavyweights are working on artificial intelligence solutions, we can expect our phones and computers to become a lot smarter in the years to come.

My take: And yet, Apple is still playing catch-up to Google.


  1. Joe Murphy said:
    “My take: And yet, Apple is still playing catch-up to Google.“

    My take: That seems a familiar perspective. One we’ve watched frequently unfold: “Apple is behind and must catch up before they completely miss it.” Repeatedly, we ‘be watched Apple do their thing and surprise us with their vision with execution.

    Then we watch others scrambling to catch up. Oh, one more thing: The others don’t.

    I’ll wait and see what emerges.

    July 9, 2020
  2. Joe Murphy said:
    Many of us have commented Apple isn’t driven to be 1st to market, just the best user experience.

    July 9, 2020
  3. David Emery said:
    Measuring AI “domination” by number of companies purchased (or total investment) is pretty stupid.

    But “watch this space” for Apple investments in hardware assisted AI.

    July 9, 2020
    • Fred Stein said:
      Thanks for catching the word, “domination”.

      A click through to the CB Insights article reveals 635 total AI acquisitions. At 20 Apple has 3%, not dominant.

      Due to their focus on privacy and security, Apple’s AI applications will be narrow, not dominant.

      No one will dominate AI. There will be hundreds of AI use cases.

      July 9, 2020

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