Montreal is shaping up to be Canada’s cloud AI battleground

Montreal looks to be at the centre of a push by public cloud infrastructure providers to build up their artificial intelligence capabilities and embed those in their services, according to two separate reports on Monday. First off, Google Inc. is making a $4.5 million investment over a three-year period to the Universite de Montreal and its Montreal Institute for Machine Learning, reports the Canadian Press. Institute head Yoshua Bengio leads one of the world’s largest labs dedicated to deep learning, a key process of AI that allows higher levels of abstraction in computer learning made possible in part by the use of neural network models. He tells CP he hopes the investment, plus the government funding recently injected into the city, can help Montreal attract corporations and startups to set up…

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