Google has integrated software created by London research hub DeepMind to its virtual assistant in a move that makes the £400 million acquisition of DeepMind a bit more beneficial.
Since being bought in 2014, DeepMind has completed a tremendous measure of research in the field of artificial intelligence however its greater part can’t be integrated directly into Google’s products.
It is best-known for creating AI systems that have mastered games such as Space Invaders and Go.
Notwithstanding, Google has been slow to integrate DeepMind’s innovation into its products, with just one data centre efficiency project announced till date, yet on a worldwide scale.
In the vein of building joint effort between Google and DeepMind, a “DeepMind for Google” team was set up and DeepMind has also opened a little office at Google’s headquaters in Mountain View, California.
Presently the organization’s WaveNet neural network is being utilized to produce the Google Assistant voices for US English and Japanese.
DeepMind reported the update in a blog post on its site on Wednesday that was co-written by DeepMind researcher Aäron van sanctum Oord, researcher Tom Walters, and Google Speech software engineer Trevor Strohman.
“Just over a year ago we presented WaveNet, a new deep neural network for generating raw audio waveforms that is capable of producing better and more realistic-sounding speech than existing techniques.
At that time, the model was a research prototype and was too computationally intensive to work in consumer products.
But over the last 12 months we have worked hard to significantly improve both the speed and quality of our model and today we are proud to announce that an updated version of WaveNet is being used to generate the Google Assistant voices for US English and Japanese across all platforms.”
DeepMind’s Artificial intelligence research cost £164 million in 2016.
DeepMind’s work is costing Google’s parent organization Alphabet millions of pounds, with a large portion of that used to continuously procure top individuals.
The organization spent £104.8 million on “staff costs and other related costs” in 2016, as indicated by an document recorded with Companies House this week.
A DeepMind representative stated: “We’re really proud that some of the world’s most exciting AI research and real-world application is taking place right here in London.
We intend to keep investing in our scientific mission, and to work with the world’s brightest minds to tackle society’s most complex problems.”
Generally speaking, DeepMind lost £164 million altogether in 2016, a noteworthy increment on the £54 million loss it had in 2015.
Be that as it may, the organization, made an income for the first time last year, posting an income of £40 million. The income relates to the DeepMind’s ventures with Google.