Google's next DeepMind AI research lab opens in Canada

From Engadget - July 5, 2017

As Recode observes, you can chalk it up to a combination of familiarity and political considerations.There are about a dozen University of Alberta grads already working at DeepMind, and Sutton was the firm's very first advisor.It only makes sense to set up shop where you already have close allies, especially when the school is at the forefront of AI research.

And simply speaking, the Canadian government is friendlier to AI research than the current American leadership.The country has been courting AI scientists with $125 million in funding (on top of existing provincial efforts) at the same time as the Trump administration is proposing major cuts to scientific research.If you were looking for financial support, where would you go?And it would not be surprising if Google's opposition to the US travel ban plays a role.The company believes that the ban limits access to talent, and it wo not face that restriction in Canada.


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