Matthews Bark – “Google Buys Artificial Intelligence Start-Up DeepMind”

Source : USA Today
By : Alistair Barr
Category : Matthews Bark – Criminal-Defense-Attorney

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Matthews R Bark- Criminal-Defense-Attorney

Google reportedly paid more than $400 million for DeepMind, which would make it the company’s largest European acquisition so far. Google has acquired London-based start-up DeepMind to expand further into the field of artificial intelligence. DeepMind describes itself as a “cutting-edge artificial intelligence company.” It combines techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms. The company was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. Its first commercial applications are in simulations, e-commerce and games. DeepMind investors include Founders Fund, the venture capital firm run by former PayPal executive Peter Thiel, and Horizons Ventures, headed by Li Ka-shing, one of the richest people in the world.

Google reportedly paid more than $400 million for DeepMind, which would make it the company’s largest European acquisition so far. The company also reportedly beat Facebook to the deal. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a branch of computer science that aims to make computers behave more like humans, with capabilities such as reasoning, learning and planning. Google already uses this type of technology for many projects, such as its expanding language-translation services. Google spokesman Tim Drinan confirmed the acquisition, but declined to comment further Monday. An e-mail sent to DeepMind seeking comment was not returned.

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been focused on AI for at least a decade. Back in 2004, as the company was going public, the executives were already thinking about how Google search could be improved through this technology. At that time, Page said Google search would be “included in people’s brains,” according to Steven Levy’s 2011 book about the company, In the Plex. “When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,” Page explained. Brin saw Google as a way to “augment your brain … you can have computers that pay attention to what’s going on around them and suggest useful information.”

“Eventually, you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you that answer,” Page added in the book. DeepMind published a study in December that claimed to show the firm’s AI technology learning to play some Atari computer games better than expert human gamers. DeepMind’s technology performed better than humans on Breakout, Enduro and Pong, and it achieved “close to human performance” on Beamrider, according to the research paper. The technology was far behind human performance when playing Q*bert, Seaquest and Space Invaders, “because they require the network to find a strategy that extends over long time scales,” the paper said.

Source : usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/27/google-deepmind-artificial-intelligence/4943049/

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Criminal Defense Attorney Matthews R Bark | “Criminal Justice: It’s About Time Robert De Niro Turned To Television”

Source       :  Contactmusic
By               : Michael West 
Category  : Criminal Defense Attorney Matthews R BarkOrlando Drug Defense Attorney

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Robert-De-Niro-Criminal-Justice-Hero

Robert De Niro has been hired to replace James Gandolfini in a new HBO mini-series Criminal Justice, following the death of The Sopranos star in June. De Niro will play a New York lawyer in the show, which Gandolfini had been developing based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat. Following the actor’s sudden death in Rome, it initially appeared as though HBO had put the project on the backburner, though, according to Deadline.com, the team were keen to continue in Gandolfini’s honor.

Deadline Hollywood’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva said the network wanted “a great actor whom Gandolfini would have wanted for the role and who would honour Gandolfini’s memory with his performance,” adding, “I hear their list consisted of one name only, Robert De Niro, who responded and came on board.” Still one of the finest actors in the world with the right material, De Niro has been wasted on poor scripts and throwaway comedies in recent years, though with television now the primary location for high quality scripted drama, the 65-year-old could thrive at HBO.

In the seven hour mini-series, his character Jack Stone takes on a case of a Pakistani (played by British star Riz Ahmed) who is accused of murdering a girl on New York’s Upper West Side. The original series saw each episode tracking a separate case, though the U.S. team appear to be wisely drawing out the story to develop character and plot. It should be brilliant. We can already imagine the opening shot of De Niro, clad in a heavy winter coat, trotting up the stairs of some grand courthouse in Manhattan as the snow falls on the sidewalk. He gets inside, dusts of the flakes…and, ok, you get the picture. Steven Zaillian, who has been working on the project for some time, will direct the first hour.

2014 is shaping up to be a powerful year for HBO, with True Detectives also set to premiere in January. The series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives who for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years. Another show, The Leftovers, from Damon Lindelof and starring Justin Theroux, takes place in the wake of a global Rapture and centers on the people who didn’t make the cut and are left behind in a suburban community. Niro is the perfect replacement for James Gandolfini on HBO’s ‘Criminal Justice.’