Google’s new research lab in Zurich is inventing the future of search

Google has announced its first artificial intelligence research lab outside the US in Switzerland. Headed by Emmanuel Mogenet, Google Research Europe will be based at the search giant’s Zurich office and focus on applying machine learning to Google products including Search, Photos, and Google’s newly announced Assistant. The team will reportedly be at least a few hundred strong. “We want to redress the balance of expertise between Mountain View and Europe,” Mogenet said. The 49-year-old computer scientist, who sold his previous company to Apple in 2002, has been tasked with hiring as many European researchers as he can find, “the only limitation is talent,” he said. Google made its ambitions in AI clear in 2014 with its £400m acquisition of DeepMind, a British AI startup with no commercial products, which has…


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