What we know as dark net might become structured thanks to AI.
Apple acquires AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured ‘dark data’, for $200M.
The company was co-founded by Christopher Ré, Michael Cafarella, Raphael Hoffmann and Feng Niu as the commercialization of DeepDive, a system created at Stanford to “extract value from dark data.”
Ré, a professor at Stanford, won a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work on DeepDive and is now chief scientist at Lattice. Cafarella, who started as Lattice’s CEO but is now the CTO, is a professor at the University of Michigan and is known as one of the co-creators of Hadoop. Niu is Lattice’s chief engineering officer. Cafarella and Hoffmann (who has since moved to Google, according to his LinkedIn) also worked on developing DeepDive.
The CEO of Lattice is Andy Jacques, a seasoned enterprise executive who joined last year.
What exactly is dark data? Our connected, digital world is producing data at an accelerated pace: there were 4.4 zettabytes of data in 2013, and that’s projected to grow to 44 zettabytes by 2020, and IBM estimates that 90 percent of the data in existence today was produced in the last two years.