Google acquires the AI company DeepMind
DeepMind was acquired by Google in January 2014 for about 500 million US dollars. Shane Legg, one of the founders of DeepMind, was an IDSIA PhD student in Prof. Schmidhuber's group (PDF). Daan Wierstra, the fourth member of DeepMind, also came from this group. So did other DeepMinders.
The Economist reports on IDSIA's research
The Economist magazine published an article titled "Riders on a swarm" which describes how Ant Colony Optimisation is used in the real word. Thw work of IDSIA's reseachers Luca Maria Gambardella and Gianni Di Caro is mentioned.
Corriere del Ticino, a local daily newspaper, focuses on AI
A two-pager devoted to exploring IDSIA's research, explaining to the wider public how recent advances in AI can expand the ability of humans in tackling and solving complex problems (in Italian).
Jürgen Schmidhuber in "Through the Wormhole" a Science Channel documentary with Morgan Freeman
Here you can watch a Teaser Video introducing an episode of "Through the Wormhole", the highly successful US documentary television series narrated by the Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, a real science buff himself.
Back in 1997 ...
Back in 1997, long before the recent successes, in Business Week's "X-Lab Survey" IDSIA was already ranked in fourth place in the category "Computer Science - Biologically Inspired", after much larger institutions. IDSIA was also ranked in the world's top 10 of the broader category "Artificial Intelligence."
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