Google Inc. said it had acquired artificial-intelligence company DeepMind Technologies Ltd.
The company did not disclose the terms of the deal, but the tech website Recode reported that Google paid $400 million for the startup based in London.
On its website, which has just one page, DeepMind describes itself as a "cutting edge artificial intelligence company. We combine the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms."
According to the DeepMind website, the company was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are key areas of research for the search giant. On its website, Google says it uses machine learning and artificial intelligence in its work on language, speech and translation. It isn't clear if the researchers from DeepMind will be working with Google in these areas.