Facebook Names Head Of Artificial-Intelligence Lab

By David Cohen 

BrainChip650Facebook turned to New York University for real intelligence to lead its artificial-intelligence efforts, hiring NYU deep-learning expert Yann LeCun to run its AI lab, GigaOM reported.

According to GigaOM, LeCun focuses on applying deep-learning techniques in computer vision and image recognition.

GigaOM added that one of the social network’s first hires for its AI lab was Marc’Aurelio Ranzato, who earned his Ph.D. under LeCun at NYU before working with Google.

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed AI during the social network’s third-quarter earnings call, saying:

There is one more evolution in our strategy to understand the world that I want to mention. In September, we formed the Facebook AI Group to do world-class artificial-intelligence research using all of the knowledge that people have shared on Facebook. The goal here is to use new approaches in AI to help make sense of all of the content that people share so we can generate new insights about the world to answer people’s questions.

We started assembling a team of some of the best people in the field to work on these problems. We also announced the acquisition of Mobile Technologies, a speech-recognition and machine-translation company that will help expand our work in the field beyond just photo recognition to voice. Over time, I think it is going to be possible to build services that are much more natural to interact with, and that can help solve many more problems than any existing technologies today. I am excited that we are working on this problem, and I am looking forward to doing a lot more here.

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