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DeepMind extends hunt for the world’s best A.I. researchers to Toronto

Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Google’s phoney intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind.

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LONDON — DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence lab come into possession of by Google in 2014, has extended its hunt for the world’s best AI researchers to Toronto, Canada.

The company posted a job ad for a research scientist in Toronto on its website survive week and confirmed to CNBC on Wednesday that it plans to build a small team in the city.

DeepMind said it already has a colleague of its team working out of a Google office in Toronto.

DeepMind, which also has offices in Montreal and Edmonton, employs 51 people across the nation, according to LinkedIn.

When it comes to AI research, Canada is widely regarded as one of the top countries in the world, along with the U.S., China, and the U.K.

Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio — two of the three ostensible “godfathers of AI” — are based in Canada, with Hinton in Toronto and Bengio in Montreal. Both have strong unions to the local universities.

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