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Google acquires AI firm DeepMind for a reported $400 million

By James Brightman

Google acquires AI firm DeepMind for a reported $400 million

Mon 27 Jan 2014 6:04pm GMT / 1:04pm EST / 10:04am PST

DeepMind was founded by Theme Park designer Demis Hassabis

Google has revealed that it's purchased London-based artificial intelligence company DeepMind, a startup founded by chess prodigy and Theme Park co-designer Demis Hassabis, who worked alongside Peter Molyneux at just age 17. Google has not stated how much it paid for DeepMind, but reports suggest that it was around $400 million.

Needless to say, artificial intelligence is hugely important in all areas of computing and its growth and evolution will have a big impact on the way we interact with video games. At the moment, it's unclear what Google intends to do with DeepMind, but the company's first commercial products are said to involve "simulations, e-commerce and games."

Google has been active in the area of AI and robotics. Google recently purchased military robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics, the company's been working on technology for self-driving cars (which of course requires very sophisticated AI) and in 2012 it hired famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director. Kurzweil has been working on how to create an artificial brain and DeepMind's AI technology is aimed at helping computers think like humans, so there will likely be some synergy there. We'll be curious to see what implications DeepMind ultimately has on gaming.

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Dennis Hassabis
Should be Demis.

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Jason Kingsley CEO and Creative Director, Rebellion

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Congratulations Demis.

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James Brightman Editor in Chief,

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Whoops, yes - was my stupid autocorrect kicking in. Thanks for heads up.

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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises

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They're buying up all of these robot companies, and now they're buying an AI company founded by a chess master. I think it's pretty obvious what Google is doing, they're building robots for you to play chess with.

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College

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In years to come, this is what will be commonly referred to as the 'birth' of SKYNET.

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