Google isn’t the only major tech company dabbling in artificial intelligence — Facebook is also getting into the game. And, to prove it, the social network just hired an expert in machine learning and mobile robotics to run its AI lab.
New York University professor Yann LeCun announced on his Facebook and Google+ pages on Monday that Facebook has created a new AI research lab and hired him to be its director. The long-term goal of the lab, dubbed AI Group, is to bring about “major advances in Artificial Intelligence,” LeCun wrote.
Part of the deal is that Facebook and NYU’s Center for Data Science will partner to explore data science, machine learning, and AI. LeCun will also continue to be a NYU professor on a part-time basis.