Of course, he is exaggerating. Anyone would think that Google was aggressively buying up advanced military robotics companies and now employs almost a third of the AI experts in the world…oh.
“Adding to Google’s mixture of eccentric acquisitions is word that this week it has acquired artificial intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind, a London-based company the tech giant bought up for an estimated minimum of $400 million. According to Re/code, which broke the story, the purchase ‘is in large part an artificial intelligence talent acquisition.” Re/code notes that DeepMind has a team of at least 50 people and has secured more than $50 million in funding calling it “the last large independent company with a strong focus on artificial intelligence.’ […]
DeepMind joins a growing list of robotics and AI companies recently purchased by Google, including Boston Dynamics, its eighth acquisition of a Robotics Company in the past few months. The robots manufactured by Boston Dynamics possess locomotive abilities replacing the conventional wheel-based robots with ones that look and act more like humans or even certain kinds of animals. Boston Dynamics is also a leading provider of human simulation software. Two of their bipedal robots named Atlas and Petman have a significant degree of freedom, which can only be matched by human beings. Its primary customers are the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps.”
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2014/01/28/whats-driving-googles-obsession-with-artificial-intelligence-and-robots/