Artificial intelligence: Google bought DeepMind for $ 500 million





Google buys London-based company, which is developing artificial intelligence – DeepMind. Sources called the transaction amount to more than $ 500 million. Buy officially confirmed representatives in Google.

What Google will this acquisition? First, allow it to compete with other major technology companies, thanks to the focus on deep learning. For example, Facebook recently hired Professor Yann Lekanov, who will lead the development of its own artificial intelligence. Supercomputer Watson from IBM currently is focused on in-depth training, and Yahoo recently acquired start to analyze images LookFlow, that is also moving in this matter.

DeepMind was founded by neuroscientist Demisom Hassabisom, a former chess prodigy, developer of Kazaa and Skype Jaan Tallinn and researcher Shane Legg.

This step will allow the team Google tehnogiganta fill their own experts in the field of artificial intelligence, and, according to the sources, the acquisition personally supervise CEO Google, Larry Page. If all three founders will run on Google, they will join an inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurologist Ray Kurzweil , who in 2012 became the technical director of the Division Google, engaged in machine learning and language.

Kurzweil said it wants to build a search engine so perfect that it can become a real “cyber friend”.

After acquiring Nest earlier this month, critics have expressed concern on how much user data will be sent to Google. Purchase Boston Dynamics in the past month has also led to a debate on the subject of what Google plans to become a manufacturer of robots.

Nevertheless, Google is well prepared for what to dispel our concerns about their latest acquisitions. Sources say that Google has decided to establish a Council on Ethics, who will oversee the development of artificial intelligence within DeepMind.

However, the company will have to clarify what it is that makes artificial intelligence DeepMind. The company’s website is currently hanging landing page with a relatively vague description, which states that DeepMind – is “a company that is at the forefront,” and engaged in the construction of algorithms for the simulation of the future, e-commerce and gaming. As of December 75 in a startup working employees.

The main sponsors are the Founders Fund startup and Horizons Ventures. DeepMind was founded three years ago.

In 2012, Professor at the Institute of Carnegie Mellon Larry Wasserman wrote that “a startup is going to create a system that thinks. I thought it was pure madness, until I knew how many famous billionaires invested in the company. ”
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