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Google's latest venture fund will back AI startups

From Engadget - July 11, 2017

Gradient already has four teams under its wing.Algorithmia is a community creating a marketplace for AI-related algorithms and models.Aurima, meanwhile, is producing both an alternative sensing approach and AI modeling.Cape is virtualizing drone hardware to help people fly the vehicles remotely, and Cogniac is writing software that helps you build convolutional neural networks.

It's not hard to see why Google would pour resources into sAI tartups it does not control directly.The larger the industry gets, the more solutions emerge for problems that might otherwise go unsolved.And of course, Google could use this VC fund to snap up interesting AI companies before anyone else.Whatever money it invests now could easily pay dividends down the road, especially if it thwarts rivals like Facebook.

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