Washington Post

Shake-up at Facebook highlights tension in race for AI

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Facebook's hiring of French artificial-intelligence trailblazer Yann LeCun in 2013 to start its AI Research lab signaled that the social-media giant was serious about competing in the kinds of technologies revolutionizing the Web. Its highly visible brand of AI helped turn the flood of pictures, pokes and personal data into one of the world's most popular websites.

But criticism over election-meddling ads, "fake news" and the social network's impact on mental health - problems that Facebook is looking to artificial intelligence to help solve - has sparked questions over whether Facebook is keeping up with its rivals in the aggressively competitive world of AI development and research...

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