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Facebook and Google Race against Each Other for AI Supremacy

May 1
8:16 AM 2014

Facebook and Google now found another platform to compete at: artificial intelligence. Previously, the two companies have been working on acquisitions and strengthening their online platforms including their ad offerings. According to recent information, the two tech giants now want to push computer systems further. Are Google and Facebook indeed on their way to developing an AI system? 

Most people have an idea of what an artificial intelligence system can do. Many movies have portrayed the possibilities and opportunities of the system. Imagine a computer system that can anticipate a user's needs and work on accomplishing tasks ahead of time. As the name implies, what separates an AI system from previous computer offerings is that it should be able to think for itself. 

An AI computer can manage and process complex situations and adapt accordingly similar to how humans can. According to a report by Top Tech News, leading tech and internet giants like Facebook and Google have been eyeing development of the product. These companies are reportedly hiring top scientists across the country to work on the development of a complex computer system. 

They are not creating robots but something close to it. In fact, the companies appeared willing to invest just as much to this venture. 

"It's important to position yourself in this market for the next decade," Yann LeCunn, a leading New York University researcher explained. LeCunn has been in charge of the A.I. division under Facebook. 

"A lot is riding on artificial intelligence and content analysis, and on being smarter about how people and computers interact." The researcher added. 

According to Raj Singh, CEO of Tempo AI: "In the last 18 months, every venture capital firm I know has made at least one investment in artificial intelligence, robotics or related sectors." Apple has also been testing the waters with features like Siri.

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