Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

  • Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.
  • “For many years, I’ve seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers … leaving my lab but also leaving our country,” Pineau told dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • That would put it on par with three other Facebook hubs currently based in New York City, Paris and Menlo Park, Calif., and serve as recognition that Montreal has quickly developed a concentration of expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.
  • Apart from the lab, Facebook said it intends to invest $7 million in the city’s AI community to fund research and students.
  • Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at Université de Montréal and an AI researcher, says Facebook is not just applying artificial intelligence, but is also creating new science.

Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.
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