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Google is expanding its DeepMind AI division with research office in Canada

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Its DeepMind subsidiary has announced plans to expand its operations to Canada in order to accommodate the company's ever-growing research initiatives. "It was a big decision for us to open our first non-UK research lab," Hassabis said. "[W]e've had particularly strong links with the UAlberta for many years: nearly a dozen of its outstanding graduates have joined us at DeepMind, and we've sponsored the machine learning lab to provide additional funding for PhDs over the past few years." Over the past year, DeepMind has consistently made headlines with its impressive AlphaGo AI, which has so far wrecked legendary Go players, learned how to improve itself without human input, and sworn to cure cancer.


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Its DeepMind subsidiary has announced plans to expand its operations to Canada in order to accommodate the company's ever-growing research initiatives. "It was a big decision for us to open our first non-UK research lab," Hassabis said. "[W]e've had particularly strong links with the UAlberta for many years: nearly a dozen of its outstanding graduates have joined us at DeepMind, and we've sponsored the machine learning lab to provide additional funding for PhDs over the past few years." Over the past year, DeepMind has consistently made headlines with its impressive AlphaGo AI, which has so far wrecked legendary Go players, learned how to improve itself without human input, and sworn to cure cancer.


Google's next DeepMind AI research lab opens in Canada

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Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence team has been based in the UK ever since it was acquired in 2014. DeepMind has announced that its first international research lab is coming to the Canadian prairie city of Edmonton, Alberta later in July. It only makes sense to set up shop where you already have close allies, especially when the school is at the forefront of AI research. We'd add that the country is no stranger to big companies establishing AI-related research labs.


Why this Montreal artificial intelligence company just got $135M

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It's equal parts general research lab and startup incubator, with employees working to develop new and improved techniques in artificial intelligence that might not be fully realized for years, while also commercializing products and services that can be sold to clients today. It was co-founded by Yoshua Bengio -- one of the pioneers of a type of AI research called machine learning -- along with entrepreneurs Jean-François Gagné and Nicolas Chapados, and the Canadian venture capital fund Real Ventures. The Series A round was led by Data Collective, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, and included participation by Fidelity Investments Canada, National Bank of Canada, and Real Ventures. In September, the Canadian government announced $213 million in funding for a handful of Montreal universities, while both Google and Microsoft announced expansions of their Montreal AI research groups in recent months alongside investments in local initiatives.


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Not only did the institute get a more than $100 million boost from the government as part of Canada's Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, more than 30 companies invested over $80 million to support Vector's success. It includes the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) and the recently launched Element AI (an artificial intelligence startup factory). If you think of the Canadian technology and innovation sector as a startup company, then Prime Minister Trudeau is the CEO, major universities and incubators are the R&D centers and AI is the business plan. If the vision and business plan to expand Canada's technology hub is right, major tech companies and VCs will start pouring in the money.


Accenture Becomes Founding Sponsor of Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto

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Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau wears Accenture's AI-enabled DAQRI Smart Helmet during the launch of the Vector Institute for AI at the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto, Ont. Ben Holfed of Accenture's AI practice, left, helps Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, right, use a DAQRI Smart Helmet during the launch of the Vector Institute for AI at the MaRs Discovery District "We are excited to work with the Vector Institute on this unprecedented collaboration in Canada, to explore how business, government, academia and innovators can continue to master AI – which increasingly is becoming the predominant way to create new business, economic and social value," said Bill Morris, senior managing director and Canada president of Accenture. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau wears Accenture's AI-enabled DAQRI Smart Helmet during the launch of the Vector Institute for AI at the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto, Ont. Ben Holfed of Accenture's AI practice, left, helps Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, right, use a DAQRI Smart Helmet during the launch of the Vector Institute for AI at the MaRs Discovery District


Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

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Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada -- backed by the Canadian government and universities -- were laying the groundwork for today's boom in artificial intelligence.


Canada is North America's up-and-coming startup center

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As well as an enviable array of natural resources, Canada also boasts incredible support for entrepreneurs, both homegrown and international. Fast-forward to the nineties and the Canadian government expanded its Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program to allow for assistance to companies performing research and development. Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone incubator is also a resource for early-stage companies worldwide, as are a range of University of Toronto incubators and accelerators. Other financial support includes 500 Startup's Canadian fund; the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program, a federal tax incentive for companies conducting research; and the Industrial Research Assistance Program, which provides entrepreneurs with funding and advisory services to help them develop technology.


Canada wants to be a leader in AI research while the US is poised to slash funding

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The Canadian government, joined by more than two dozen private institutions such as Google and Air Canada, will invest more than $150 million to create an AI research center within the University of Toronto, named the Vector Institute. Canada will contribute $50 million over five years, part of the $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy included in the country's budget that passed last week. Ruslan Salakhutdinov, once a University of Toronto professor, leads Apple's AI research team while also teaching at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yann LeCun, originally from France, did post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto with Hinton, and now leads Facebook AI Research.