Technology news website Re/code, which reported news of the deal
earlier, said the price was $400 million, without disclosing where
it got the information.
A Google spokesman declined to comment on the price. DeepMind
representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.
Founded in London in 2012 by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa
Suleyman, DeepMind uses general-purpose learning algorithms for
applications such as simulations, e-commerce and games, according to
Google, which is working on projects including self-driving cars and
robots, has become increasingly focused on artificial intelligence
in recent years.
In 2012, it hired Ray Kurzweil, considered one of the leading minds
in the field, and in May it announced a partnership with NASA and
several universities to launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence
(Reporting Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco and Greg Roumeliotis in
New York; editing by Jeremy Laurence)
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