The artificial intelligence (AI) firm, DeepMind Technologies has been bought by the search engine giant, Google for $400m. The London-based company was set up just two years ago by neuroscientist and former young chess prodigy, Dennis Hassabis. It focuses on the development and application of general AI.
The acquisition of yet another company based within the field of AI comes as no surprise; in December of last year Google added eight new companies to its empire, all specialising in some form of AI.
Google has given no official reason for the purchase. But the fact that DeepMind Technologies recently filed two US patents, which could be used in developing Google’s image search system just might have something to do with it!