Google Buys DeepMind: Artificial Intelligence

Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG - news) has bought a London-based tech company that specialises in artificial intelligence (AI), Sky News has confirmed.

It purchased DeepMind Technologies Ltd in a deal worth a reported £240m.

One of the DeepMind’s current directors previously predicted AI machines will learn “basic vision, basic sound processing, basic movement control, and basic language abilities” by 2020.

Google has been developing AI expertise and recently bought military robot maker Boston Dynamics.

DeepMind has become a major force in development of AI and currently develops algorithms for games, simulations and online commerce sites.

The deal was first revealed by tech site re/code and it said Google CEO Larry Page led negotiations.

DeepMind is heavily involved in the enigmatic AI field of machine learning, where systems are improved as data is processed over time.

Its website contains a single page. The company says it combines “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms”.

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