Since December, Google has been picking up robotics companies all over the place, including the super-terrifying Boston Dynamics, and the DARPA robot olympics-winning SCHAFT. We couldn’t have thees robots annihilate the human race without brains, though, so Google has acquired Artificial Intelligence start-up DeepMind for about $500 million.
DeepMind’s website is pretty much a blank slate, but describes the company as “a cutting edge artificial intelligence company” that “combine[s] the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.” Business Insider translates that as “[a] company that helps computers think like humans.” DeepMind’s alternate logo is this (unconfirmed):
DeepMind is founded by former child prodigy/super-genius Demis Hassabis – now 37 – who was a child chess star; created a massively-popular video game; has a PhD in neuroscience; and won the Mind Sports Olympiad (which is real) five times. Hassabis and DeepMind are based in London, so that is perhaps the only safe place left on this planet.
- Google also owns Boston Dynamics and their horrifying robot army
- And Google-owned SCHAFT won the DARPA robot olympics
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