Google’s DeepMind Team has hired two artificial intelligence companies that were founded by Oxford University, known as Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory.
Dark Blue Labs focuses on work “learning deep structured and unstructured representations of data to make intelligent products, including natural language understanding, a reality” while Vision Factory narrows in on building object and text recognition technology.
With this acquisition, some members of the two companies will stay at Oxford University as guests lecturers. Google as part of the deal, has donated quite a sum to Oxford’s engineering and comp-sci programs to provide new lectures, workshops and internship programs.
“Google DeepMind has hired all seven founders of these startups with the three professors holding joint appointments at Oxford University where they will continue to spend part of their time. These exciting partnerships underline how committed Google DeepMind is to supporting the development of UK academia and the growth of strong scientific research labs.”
I’m left wondering how these companies will help Google in its workings. We might see some natural language technology researched by Dark Blue Labs will make its way into existing Google products. According to the Guardian, the Vision Factory team will “help Google improve its vision systems.