This week Uber acquired machine learning research startup Geometric Intelligence. The company is transforming the team into AI Labs, the newest division of Uber.
Uber AI Labs, based in San Francisco, will focus on “cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence.”
“With all of its complexity and uncertainty, negotiating the real world is a high-order intelligence problem,” says Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer at Uber. “It manifests in myriad ways, from determining an optimal route to computing when your car or UberEATS order will arrive to matching riders for uberPOOL. It extends to teaching a self-driven machine to safely and autonomously navigate the world, whether a car on the roads or an aircraft through busy airspace or new types of robotic devices.”
AI Labs will be directed by Geometric’s CEO, Gary Marcus.
“The formation of Uber AI Labs represents Uber’s commitment to advancing the state of the art, driven by our vision that moving people and things in the physical world can be radically faster, safer and accessible to all,” Holden added.