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Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Start-Up DeepMind
Google has acquired the artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind. Get TEC Research Analyst Raluca Druta’s perspective on this deal and what this may mean for

example abstract  such as Amazon, for example. The key difference is that Google's cybernetic friend is being designed to know us better than we know ourselves—a claim that is frightening at best. But, as the technology develops, people’s perception of Google’s products may evolve. Perhaps some of us will treat it as a ‘Super-Ego’—as defined by Freudian classical psychoanalytical theory; someone that we seek approval from and do not want to disappoint. Others may extend their human capabilities with it and grow

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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