Facebook and New York University (NYU) planned to work on a new center for artificial intelligence in collaboration. This project would try to get control and utilize large amount of data by social network.
Professor Yann LeCun, French-born mathematician and computer scientist, of NYU’s Center for Data Science will lead the project.
“As one of the most respected thinkers in this field, Yann has done groundbreaking research in deep learning and computer vision,” said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to Facebook.”
The teams across three locations – New York, London and its headquarters in Menlo Park, California – will work on “machine learning”, i.e. subject to make computers to learn from giant data sets.
LeCun noted in a blog post that he was happy to head up the project with “the ambitious, long-term goal of bringing about major advances in artificial intelligence.”
“I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of director of this new lab,” LeCun wrote. “I will remain a professor at New York University on a part-time basis, and will maintain research and teaching activities at NYU.”
Zuckerberg said a working group was formed in September “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 the content that people share so we can generate new insights about the world to answer people’s questions,” Zuckerberg said at the time.
He noted that one of the purposes was “to build services that are much more natural to interact with and can help solve many more problems than any existing technology today.”
Facebook joins NYU in artificial intelligence lab (Update) – phys.org (http://goo.gl/dxuuhT)