TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

Source: TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

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This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that he wants to build a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” [...]