Google DeepMind: The smart person’s guide

Google’s AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol at the game of Go Image: Screenshot by Max Taves/CNET With the boom in AI affecting virtually every industry, there has been an explosion in the research and development of machine learning, a subfield of AI. And, perhaps, no system better illustrates what machine learning is capable of than Google’s DeepMind. Founded in London in 2010 by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind is a machine learning system that uses deep neural networks, reinforcement learning, and systems neuroscience-inspired models. The startup was purchased in January 2014 by Google for a reported 400 million pounds, and Hassabis has taken the new role of vice president of engineering. Instead of relying on explicit programming, DeepMind applies general-purpose learning algorithms to a large data set in…


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