Google partners with Oxford to bolster artificial intelligence initiative

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San Francisco, Oct 24: In a bid to expand its artificial intelligence initiative, Google Inc is hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to “accelerate” its efforts.

Google will reportedly make a “substantial contribution” to establish a research partnership with Oxford’s computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence.

According to reports, Google did not provide any financial details about the partnership, but added on its blog that it will include a program of student internships and a series of joint lectures and workshops “to share knowledge and expertise.”

Google is reportedly building up its artificial intelligence capabilities as it strives to maintain its dominance in the Internet search market and to develop new products such as robotics and self-driving cars.

In January, Google had acquired artificial intelligence company Deep Mind for $400 million according to media reports.

The new hires will be joining Google’s Deep Mind team, including three artificial intelligence experts whose work has focused on improving computer visual recognition systems. Among that team is Oxford Professor Andrew Zisserman, a three-time winner of the Marr Prize for computer vision.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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