Google buys artifical intelligence company, DeepMind, for over $500 million


Google is in the process of buying DeepMind, a startup company that works on artificial intelligence.

According to DeepMind’s website, which only consists of one page and is essentially just your traditional “About” section, they “combine the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.” Their tech is essentially looking to make AI think in a way that is similar to humans.

DeepMind and Google are not unaware of the stigma that goes along with AI development, especially thanks to the plethora of fiction and speculation on what will happen if machines get too smart too quickly, and see no real use to us being around anymore. Therefore Google is creating the DeepMind-Google ethics board, something DeepMind has pushed for, in a way to regulate exactly how their AI tech is used.

Google wasn’t the only company interested in DeepMind either. It was reported at the end of 2013 that Facebook was also in the running to purchase DeepMind. Since all the details haven’t been released yet, it is unknown if it was simply a higher offer that convinced DeepMind to sell to Google, or if there were other factors involved as well.

[via The Verge, The Information, re/code]

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  • Elijah Gale

    You would think that the major governments of the world would be all over this, which they probably are.

    It’s just that they are doing it VERY VERY secretly.

    Can anybody spell NSA or KGB or whatever the equivalent is in Chinese?

    I hope we American’s get it first.

    If Google INC., an international corporation or any international corporation is ahead of any American Gov. secret operation, then that may not be too good either.

    Like the wise old Roman’s asked thousands of years ago in latin: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? = “Who watches the watchmen?”

  • etim

    [@Mike S.] Naw, it reminded me of that gag in the old Star Trek movie (the one with the whales) when they went back in time and Scotty was trying to talk to an 80’s keyboard.

  • Mike S.

    [@Ashraf] Aw, come on, you KNOW you thought about it as well. ;^)

  • Ashraf

    [@Mike S.] Just you.

  • Mike S.

    Is it just me, or does HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey come to mind immediately? And I don’t necessarily mean that in a good way . . . .