Google reportedly buying artificial intelligence firm for $400 million


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Skynet? Robots? Supercharged Google Search results? We’re not sure what Google might want with London-based artificial intelligence firm DeepMind, but the company is reportedly putting in a bid to buy them for about $400 million. DeepMind is heralded in the artificial intelligence field as one of the largest and most capable teams dedicated to moving forward with computer smarts.

Here’s how their simple website describes the company:

DeepMind is a cutting edge artificial intelligence company. We combine the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.

The reported acquisition is part of a string of moves by Google to improve their positioning in the AI space, with the company making a recent push in hiring experts in the field. DeepMind’s staff of about 50 people are said to be comprised of some of the most talented individuals in the AI community, with the likes of Google and Facebook vying for their services before they decided to join up with the relatively new company.

Artificial intelligence might sound scary to the common individual, but you’d be surprised how much of it is used in everyday tech. Stuff like Google Now is driven by primitive forms of artificial intelligence, as is NPC control in video games.

AI is also a major part of aviation, healthcare, finance and many other industries. With Google’s desire to be at the forefront of primitive technology such as robotics and home automation, this latest move comes at absolutely no surprise. We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if either side of this deal has anything official to announce in the weeks or months to come.

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Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Your source is outdated
    Google confirmed they bought them for 500$ and outbid Facebook

    1. ouch!

  2. Anyone else have that weird feeling deep in your mind when they read about Google’s latest purchases? Idk what to think of el Goog anymore.

    Maybe it’s just my emptiness from Reader and more recently Bump.

    1. The age of scary/cool isn’t coming… …it’s growing right in front of our eyes… …and GOOG seems the most on top of it overall for the moment at least…

      Boston Dynamics. Nest. This. And all their other acquisitions/internal initiatives (e.g., Replicant – into which this entirely fits)….

  3. ……

  4. Damn. I love Google but my imagination now can’t help but envision them in 20 years or so being a real life Massive Dynamic or something. Haha.

  5. Android will become skynet…..

  6. I welcome both my Feline Overlords and Electronic Overlords :)

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