Google is contributing to the $150 million going into The Vector Institute, a new initiative housed at the University of Toronto, guided by chief scientific adviser Geoffrey Hinton. The Institute is getting started today, with significant investment from the governments of Canada and the province of Ontario. Google’s contribution is around $5 million, but it’s likely the future of the two organizations will be closely aligned, since Hinton also acts as VP and Engineering Fellow at Google, where he has had a key role in spearheading AI via Google Brain.
The Vector Institute is a dedicated AI research facility, and will use its amassed resources to fund research by postgraduate researchers working on projects in the field. The areas of focus for The Vector Institute include healthcare, financial business, plus manufacturing and material science.
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