What is Deepmind Technologies
DeepMind Technologies is a privately held artificial intelligence company founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman based in London, with offices in Mountain View, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton.
Artificial Intellgience could be one of humanity’s most useful inventions. We research and build safe AI systems that learn how to solve problems and advance scientific discovery for all (Deepmind mission description from the company’s website
Deepmind — which is market-leading in the development of general-purpose learning algorithms, particularly reinforcement learning and deep learning — was founded in September 2010 as “DeepMind Technologies” and was acquired by Google in 2014 for an estimated amount of $600 million.
DeepMind’s first commercial applications were AlphaStar and “De[ep]Mind”, a video game version of the board game Go.
Defeating the world champions in chess and Go
DeepMind Technologies’ self-learning agents have defeated world champions in Go and Chinese chess, and are currently competing at the highest level in StarCraft II.
Acquisition by Google in 2014
DeepMind was acquired by Google in 2014. The deal, which was rumored to be in the range of $500 million, had Google acquiring the company for its staff rather than the algorithms they created. Google and DeepMind worked together on a number of projects before Google’s parent company, Alphabet, split off the DeepMind subsidiary in February 2017.
This startup is trying to build a system that thinks. This was the original dream of AI. As Shane [Legg] explained to me, there has been huge progress in both neuroscience and ML and their goal is to bring these things together.
I thought it sounded crazy until he told me the list of famous billionaires who have invested in the company.” (Carnegie Mellon professor Larry Wasserman. Source: TechCrunch).
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