Thanks to rapid advances in deep learning, the tech industry has been making a lot of progress on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in recent years. Being one of the largest tech giants on the planet, it's no wonder that Google is also a major driving force in this field, both in terms of innovation and resources invested into independent parties contributing to this emerging technology. Today, the Alphabet-owned company made another step forward in its quest to promote AI development. Namely, Google announced that it had expanded its Montreal office which now includes a deep learning and artificial intelligence research division. The division will be helmed by Hugo Larochelle, a former research scientist at Cortex, Twitter's unit dedicated to R&D related to deep learning.
In addition to that, the Internet firm revealed that it had approved $3.37 million CAD of grant money for research helmed by eight deep learning experts working at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). As grants are non-repayable funds by nature, the sum stated above is relatively free of any strings attached as long as it's used for the purposes of deep learning and AI-related research in general. Yoshua Bengio, a professor at the Montreal University and one of the most renowned deep learning experts in North America associated with MILA was one of the eight beneficiaries of Google Canada's latest grant. While this wasn't the first time Bengio received financial backing from the Mountain View-based tech giant, the AI specialist is still adamant at not aligning himself with Google. In an interview with Venture Beat, Bengio revealed that he wants to stay independent because he isn't concerned with his salary and primarily wants to contribute to science, humanity, and training the next generation of AI researchers
In related news, Google Canada also announced that it's opening four new Google shops in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, and Edmonton Best Buy locations. In addition to selling the latest and greatest of Google-made consumer electronics, these shops will also organize workshops with YouTube stars and allow visitors to try out the products made by the Alphabet-owned company. Google also revealed plans to host several holiday events at these locations, so if you're interested in participating, click on the source link below and sign up for a chance to make some Christmas decorations with The Sorry Girls, YouTube stars famous for their DIY videos.