Google Acquires DNNresearch, a Neural Network Startup Out of University of Toronto, to Build ‘Brave New Search Engine’


According to TechCrunch, Google has acquired DNNresearch, a startup based on neural network research and founded by University of Toronto computer science professor Geoffrey Hinton and two of his grad students, Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever.

DNNresearch’s specialty of ‘neural networks’ could potentially help search engines better identify content, images, voices, and text. That means better face recognition, voice recognition, and overall ‘machine learning’ which could lead to a next-level mobile search engine.

Google has demonstrated their admiration of Hinton’s work in the past, previously awarding him $600,000 for his work in neural nets. Hinton also published a Google+ post explaining the acquisition, and noting that he worked with a Google team in Mountain View last summer on machine learning.