How Google is getting smarter with artificial intelligence

Google (GOOGL) kicked off its developer conference Wednesday by highlighting its progress with artificial intelligence. CEO Sundar Pichai opened and closed the closely watched event at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters by outlining the Internet giant’s research in AI and machine learning. Among the applications Google sees for this technology is teaching computers how to “see” what’s in a person’s photo, as well as understanding what users are asking a software program to do, rather than simply deciphering spoken language. All of that baseline research, which companies such as Facebook (FB), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) and China’s Baidu (BIDU) are also pursuing, today is already being used in Google products in some way, he said. Notably, Pichai explained, Google’s focus on AI shows its efforts to move away from its…


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