Google's future self-driving cars will rely on AI
Google is teaming up with the University of Oxford to try and further the research being done into artificial intelligence. The company is one of the biggest researchers into this technology and with good reason, as many of its future products seem to rely on it.
Through this partnership Google has hired seven people, some of which will also remain at Oxford. At the same time the search giant has pledged a “substantial” donation towards establishing a research partnership with the university’s Computer Science and Engineering departments.
The focus for this partnership and the research that will hopefully emerge from it is on improving an AI’s ability to recognize images and objects, and to enhance natural language processing. Both of these fields are vital if AI is ever going to go anywhere in our human world, and they’re also vital if Google wants some of its products, like the self-driving cars, to become actually usable.