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Facebook expands AI efforts into Seattle and Pittsburgh In its global efforts to attract artificial

In its global efforts to attract artificial intelligence researchers, the world's largest social network is opening new labs near The University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon.

The social networking giant is opening two new offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, The New York Times reported Friday and Facebook confirmed, as part of an expanded effort to attract AI researchers and experts. The two cities are close to The University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University, both of which are known for their AI research programs.One thing Facebook hopes to make a standard in its labs is that those who come from academia will be able to continue their work at the school in addition to their efforts at Facebook.One thing Facebook hopes to make a standard in its labs is that those who come from academia will be able to continue their work at the school in addition to their efforts at Facebook. Facebook has good reason for upping its efforts. Many of the company's announcements around privacy and security, its new programs to sort photos and videos (as well as add computer effects to them), and its many other initiatives are increasingly powered by AI. Facebook isn't alone either. Google, Apple and Amazon all are using AI to enhance their various products and apps. Facebook's new AI labs will join existing ones in Silicon Valley, New York, Paris and Montreal.

First published May 4 at 4:53 p.m. PT. Update at 8:03 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Facebook's director of AI research.

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