Google has just invested in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) via its Google Germany subsidiary, TechCrunch reports. If the amount of the transaction is not known, the American news site specifies, however, that this investment allows the Mountain View firm to obtain a seat in board organisation.
Founded in 1988, the DFKI develops solutions for knowledge management, robotics innovation, “embedded intelligence” and even augmented vision. Today, this center brings together more than 450 researchers and more than 370 graduate students.
Several investments in AI
Among DFKI shareholders, we find in particular many software publishers like Microsoft, SAP or even manufacturers like BMW and Airbus. The European Union and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research also fund the organization alongside other German public institutions.
This is not the first time that Google has taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence. Last year, the American group got their hands on DeepMind for more than $ 400 million. A year later, on its website, this start-up is still quite evasive about its activity: “we combine the best techniques of machine learning to systems neuroscience to build powerful learning algorithms for general use ”. Google also bought Boston Dynamics in 2013, a company that has developed robots capable of walking.