Just a few months ago, industry-disrupting conversational AI startup Clinc, which is rolling out an automotive application of their voice-interface software in 2021, was filling the top floor of tech and startup co-working space Cahoots and filling an office in Kerrytown. Now the conversational AI research startup is expanding into a third location in Ann Arbor across from security unicorn Duo’s offices next door to The Blind Pig, and launching a revolutionary banking application in Singapore with OCBC Bank, the first of its kind in the country. What makes Clinc such a fast-growing AI company compared to all the rest?

It’s a little controversial how automated or natural the company’s language processing is, but that’s because it is so complex that it has 12 patents on the technology developed by University of Michigan professor Jason Mars and his wife professor Lingjia Tang also of the University of Michigan–who have between them won ISCA Hall of Fame awards, Google and Facebook Research Awards and a National Science Foundation’s Career award for their work.

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