Google Brain setting sights on ever-increasing tech talent pool in Toronto.
AI has been a longtime dream that is finally coming into its own, thanks largely to 21st century computer innovations and a better understanding of how the human brain works. The bygone era of “what if” 1960s and beyond envisioned a machine learning future that really wasn’t feasible due to the lack of tech and the lack of knowledge, but its now working towards more widespread reality.
No one can argue that Google has been at the more recent forefront of the research, and the company is now taking that work on the road. With a recent announcement of heavy financial investment and a new facility to the north, Google Brain Canada is setting its sights on the ever-increasing tech talent pool in Toronto.
The Vector Institute at the University of Toronto is set to receive a windfall of investment estimated at around $150 million, some of it from Canada’s own government, and more from Google. The tech company, which has already invested more than $18 million in AI up north, has another $10 million in the budget over the course of the next six months.
Welcome home for innovators
Some news sources like TechCrunch have politely referred to this initiative as an “investment” in the the “talent and research community” in and around Toronto. The less polite way of looking at it is this: Google has already faced some backlash with its talent thanks to the current political state in the US.
The current administration has made it quite clear that certain religions and certain regions are under careful scrutiny, and there have already been attempts to halt immigration and travel for a broad swath of individuals. Google has joined other tech companies in speaking out against the discrimination aimed at their tech talent, and may be in search of a new, more welcoming home for its innovators.