Facebook expands artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts

Artificial intelligence isn’t just for the bad guys in video games, it’s also being worked on by Facebook. According to Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University, Facebook...

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Artificial intelligence isn’t just for the bad guys in video games, it’s also being worked on by Facebook. According to Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University, Facebook has created a new research laboratory with the ambitious, long-term goal of bringing about major advances in Artificial Intelligence.

LeCun posted to both Google+ and Facebook about his new appointment of director of this new lab.

The new AI Group at Facebook will have locations in Menlo Park, CA, in London, UK, and at Facebook’s new facility in New York City, one block away from NYU’s main campus.

Simultaneously, Facebook and New York University’s Center for Data Science are entering a partnership to carry out research in data science, machine learning, and AI.

LeCun says he’s with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CTO Michael Schroepfer at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference in Lake Tahoe today. It’s strange to see LeCun post publically about this announcement prior to Zuckerberg announcing during his presentation at the NIPS Workshop on Deep Learning later today.

Looks like the AI team are also hiring right now, so if this is in your field of expertise, get in contact with Facebook. We’re looking forward to more details about how Facebook plans to use AI and machine learning to benefit products and services in the future.

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Update
Facebook official engineering page for NYC has shared (read: endorsed) LeCun’s post – https://www.facebook.com/fbnyc/posts/614644871929853

Via AllThingsD

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