Google recently confirmed a report from Re/Code that it has acquired an artificial intelligence firm called DeepMind. The tech giant did not disclose how much it paid for the company, though Re/Code said Google paid about $400 million for the company, which has about 50 employees. According to its website, London-based DeepMind specializes in combining “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”
Google CEO Larry Page apparently had a hand in the deal and worked on it personally, Re/Code said. Unfortunately, DeepMind’s site doesn’t delve at all into existing products, though there are already reports from around the web suggesting that Google could use its technology to build better robots. Google’s former Android head, Andy Rubin, is now leading the company’s robotic efforts, and his team recently acquired Boston Dynamics.
Of course, artificial intelligence can be applied to anything, including Android, or even its home-automation efforts now that it has acquired Nest. Google declined to confirm the sale price or expand on how it plans to use the technology it is acquiring from DeepMind.