Clinc Inc., an Ann Arbor-based company that uses artificial intelligence to allow companies to more easily interact with their customers, has closed on a venture capital funding round of $52 million, the company said Monday. It’s the latest in a string of large investments in growing technology companies in Michigan.

The series B funding round is aimed at getting the company to an initial public offering of stock by 2022 as the company tries to take communicating with computers a step beyond Apple’s Siri.

In 2017, Clinc raised an A round of $6.3 million, following seed funding of $1.2 million in 2016. The company was founded in 2015 by a husband-and-wife team —  Jason Mars, the president and CEO, and Lingjia Tang, the COO.

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