Google said to acquire robotics start-up DeepMind

9:28 AM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
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USA TODAY - Google is to acquire the British artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind for around $400 million, according to the technology news website, Re/code.

Neither DeepMind nor Google were immediately available to confirm the acquisition or purchase price.

DeepMind describes itself on its website as a "cutting edge artificial intelligence company. We combine the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms."

DeepMind was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman and is based in London, according to its website.

Late last year, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, another company that operates in the robotics field.

The Mountain View, Calif-based company reached a $3.2 billion deal to buy Nest, a maker of digital thermostats and smoke alarms, earlier this month.

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