The most popular social media platform, Facebook has made an official announcement on Tuesday that it recently opened a new laboratory in Paris, France where it will expand its plans for developing artificial intelligence.
The company plans to make its social network more advanced, thus more profitable.
According to Facebook representatives, the new Paris laboratory for developing artificial intelligence is the third of its kind. The first two were opened in the United States.
For this new Paris lab, Facebook hired six top scientists and more will follow by the end of this year.
Facebook execs said that they will recruit researchers from the most prestigious private and public institutions from France.
Since 2013, the social media giant has been looking to expand its territories on artificial intelligence. At that time Facebook hired Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University who is an expert in deep learning algorithm, or artificial intelligence.
Facebook hired the French scientist to be in charge of the initiative.
But Facebook is not the only tech giant interested in developing artificial intelligence.
Google is also very determined to enter the unknown water of AI. Last year, the search engine giant announced its collaboration with scientists from Oxford University in UK.
Facebook’s first facilities that study artificial intelligence were established at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California and in New York City.
The newly-opened Paris lab will be the largest research facility that deals with artificial intelligence not only in France, but also in continental Europe, said professor LeCun.
The only other labs in Europe that could compete with the Paris one is in Britain, where Facebook wanted to establish the facility initially.
Mike Shroepfer, chief technology officer at Facebook, said his company chose Paris because there are many talented computer scientists that could bring a lot to artificial intelligence.
Shroepfer added that the top priority of the artificial intelligence research is to improve the technology that recognizes and interprets images.
There are more than 350 million photos uploaded on Facebook daily, not to mention the other hundreds of billions saved by the users in their albums.
LeCun explained that artificial intelligence will help eliminate spam and inappropriate videos and photos.
By achieving this, Facebook would have new opportunities for advertising, LeCun added.
Facebook announced that in April, the first-quarter revenues went up 42% reaching $3.5 billion, mostly through advertising.
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