Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Google’s synthetic intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind.
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LONDON – DeepMind, the London-based synthetic intelligence lab acquired by Google in 2014, has prolonged its hunt for the world’s finest AI researchers to Toronto, Canada.
The corporate posted a job advert for a analysis scientist in Toronto on its web site final week and confirmed to CNBC on Wednesday that it plans to construct a small staff within the metropolis.
DeepMind stated that it already has a member of its staff figuring out of a Google workplace in Toronto.
It didn’t specify who the employee is however James Martens, a senior analysis scientist who has been with the corporate for nearly 5 years, has his location listed as Toronto on LinkedIn. He additionally attended college in Canada and labored there for a number of years earlier than becoming a member of DeepMind.
DeepMind, which additionally has workplaces in Montreal and Edmonton, employs 51 individuals throughout the nation, based on LinkedIn.
Relating to AI analysis, Canada is broadly thought to be one of many high nations on the planet, together with the U.S., China, and the U.Ok.
Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio — two of the three so-called “godfathers of AI” — are each based mostly in Canada, with Hinton in Toronto and Bengio in Montreal. Each have sturdy connections to the native universities.
Competitors for expertise
DeepMind, which competes with OpenAI and Fb AI Analysis, has additionally been busy recruiting a team in New York this year. It hired Facebook AI Research (FAIR) co-founder Rob Fergus to lead the New York team last June.
While FAIR has less than 400 people, DeepMind employs around 1,000 people worldwide, with the bulk of those based at its London headquarters. The remainder are spread across satellite outposts in Mountain View (where Google is headquartered), Alberta, Montreal, and Paris.
DeepMind and FAIR have been battling it out to hire the best AI talent in the world for almost a decade. They’re hoping that these top AI researchers, who are sometimes paid around $1 million a year, will be able to create AI technology that can be harnessed by Google and Facebook, respectively.