Posts Tagged ‘Geoffrey Hinton’

Google Buys DeepMind Technologies, Growing Its Deep Learning Portfolio And Expertise

deepmindGoogle’s letting the cash flow. Fresh off its $3.2 billion acquisition of “conscious home” company Nest, which makes the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, it’s spending some comparative pocket change — $400 million – on artificial intelligence startup DeepMind Technologies.

The news was first reported at re/code here, where one source describes DeepMind as “the last large independent company with a strong focus on artificial intelligence.” The London startup, funded by Founders Fund, was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, with the stated goal of combining machine learning techniques and neuroscience to build powerful general purpose learning algorithms.

Its web page notes that its first commercial applications are in simulations, e-commerce and games, and this posting for a part-time paid computer science internship from this past summer casts it as “a world-class machine learning research company that specializes in developing cutting edge algorithms to power massively disruptive new consumer products.”

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Google Gets Into Quantum Computing; Advancing Machine Learning Is A Goal

Google, in the midst of its I/O conference (see our story here), also has teamed up with NASA to form the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at the agency’s Ames Research Center.

According to a post on Google’s Research Blog, the lab will house a D-Wave Systems quantum computer. The goal is to study how quantum computing can solve some of the most challenging computer science problems, with a focus on advancing machine learning. Machine learning, as Director of Engineering Hartmut Neven writes, “is all about building better models of the world to make more accurate predictions,” but it’s hard work to build a really good model. Real-world applications that he discusses include building a more useful search engine by better understanding spoken questions and what’s on the web to provide the best answer.

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