In its attempt to attract global AI researchers, Facebook – the world’s largest social networking platform – is planning to build new labs that have to be established close to the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University.
Facebook wants to expand its artificial intelligence efforts even more, and therefore, the company is looking to university towns to help.
As per a report by the New York Times, the social networking giant, Facebook is going to open two new offices that have to be set up in Pittsburgh and Seattle. The report was also confirmed by Facebook that these new offices are to be built as a part of the company’s efforts to drag the attention of artificial intelligence experts and researchers. These two research labs are going to be built near the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon – the two well-known institutions for their artificial intelligence research programs.
One thing that Facebook is expecting to make a standard in its research labs is that the people, who come from academia can work at the school while contributing their efforts at Facebook.
In a statement, director of AI research at Facebook, Yann LeCun stated, “Professors obtain a distinct type of experience in an industry that can positively affect their students as well as on their research.” He further added, “As a result of their connection with industry, assist in producing new scientific advances that might not be easy to achieve in an academic climate, and that helps transform such advances into practical technology.”
Facebook has a legit reason for expanding its efforts. Many of the Facebook’s announcements regarding privacy and security, its new features to sort video and photos (and add computer effects to those contents) along with its many initiatives are majorly powered by artificial intelligence. Also, it’s not the Facebook alone taking the advantage of AI, but Apple, Amazon, and Google are also utilizing AI to improve their different apps and products. The new AI labs after establishment will join the currently available labs situated in New York, Silicon Valley, Montreal, and Paris.