Google to merge AI department with DeepMind

Google to merge AI department with DeepMind

Amid the rise of the artificial intelligence, Google has announced that it will merge its division Google Brain with DeepMind to enhance its efforts in this field.

With the union, now the branch called Google DeepMind will be looking to reach the top of the industry, which has been disrupted by the passing of OpenAI and ChatGPT.

An AI giant

DeepMind is not a new effort. It was launched in 2010 between Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg, at a stage “where it was a far-fetched science fiction technology.”

However, time has proven their researchers right with exponential progress in the field. “In the next few years, AI and, ultimately, AGI. (artificial strong intelligence, the most advanced of all), have the potential to drive one of the greatest social, economic and scientific transformations in history,” refers a blog post.

Thus, Googlewho had already owned it since 2014, decided to stop working separately and unite Google Brainits own division as an entity and to DeepMindthe entity that worked alone, to create Google Deepmindwhere resources and human talent will be pooled.

Hassabis will go on to lead the development of. artificial intelligence of the division, while Jeff Dean, leader of Brain, will become chief scientist reporting directly to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

A track record that helps

DeepMind was acquired by Google for $400 million and was headquartered in the United Kingdom.

His work has been important, including AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence that defeated all Go players left and right.

No less important is the Transformer architecture, which became a key player in the creation of language models such as the GPT-3 and GPT-4 versions of OpenAI.

“The research breakthroughs of the phenomenal Brain and DeepMind laid much of the foundation for today’s AI industry, from Deep Reinforcement Learning to Transformers, and the work we will now do as part of this new combined unit will create the next wave of world-changing breakthroughs,” read the statement.

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Daniel Chapman