Google Penetrates A.I. With DeepMind Buy
Google has just purchased this UK Chess prodigy’s company for a reported $400 Million – even though DeepMind has yet to even produce any tangible product for any commercial market. Nice move, Mr, Hassabis! Just two years ago, Neuroscientist, Demis Hassabis co-founded ‘DeepMind Technologies’, with the seemingly simplified goal of making machines think smarter – or maybe even making them think exactly like humans do!
Representing Google’s largest-ever acquisition in Europe, the co-founder of DeepMind has been reported as saying,
“We’re very happy to be joining Google. This partnership will allow us to turbo-charge our mission to harness the power of machine learning tools to tackle some of society’s toughest problems, and help make our everyday lives more productive and enjoyable.”
Programs that can predict the way people think or react, and can even teach computers how to think for themselves, are set to be the next critical breakthrough in technology.
And prior to this, with the recent acquisition of the industry-leading humanoid robotics producer ‘Meka’, as well as the company ‘Industry Perception’ (which specializes in machines that can package goods and load trucks for shipment), Google may have some plans in store for our collective future. One can almost imagine a future where artificially intelligent robots will be knocking on our front door, smiling with a gift from Google in their unsettlingly realistic hands!!
Even though the DeepMind and other acquisitions are not Google’s first time delving into humanoid robotics, nor artificial intelligence, it is a set of very large moves made together in concert and seemingly towards the same goal. But what could that goal be?! Combine all of this with Google cars that drive themselves and Google glasses that predict what we want to do online and produce it all on the lenses, one could be lulled quite easily into thinking that Google has a lazy man’s Utopia in mind for somebody!
What are your thoughts? Hopefully we are part of that picture? Good or bad? Maybe? Maybe not?! Stay tuned to find out!
In Google’s chess game with us, it’s always their move next..