Face­book launches AI re­search lab in Mon­treal

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — Face­book is launch­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence re­search lab in Mon­treal.

The so­cial me­dia gi­ant says it will be headed by Joelle Pineau of McGill Univer­sity’s com­puter sci­ence depart­ment. Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau was on hand for the an­nounce­ment along with Mon­treal’s mayor and Que­bec’s in­no­va­tion min­is­ter. Pineau says the new part­ner­ship will al­low for tal­ented re­searchers to stay put in Canada. The Mon­treal lab will em­ploy 10 re­searchers at launch with the aim of tripling that num­ber in the com­ing year.

The city has quickly de­vel­oped a con­cen­tra­tion of ex­per­tise in the area of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

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