Google has purchased DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence company whose goal reportedly is to make computers think like humans.
The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant confirmed the deal with technology blog Recode, formerly known as AllThingsD, which first reported on the deal.
The British Independent said Google is paying more than $500 million. The Independent also said Google beat out Facebook for the acquisition of the London startup.
With the deal, Google appears more interested in talent than anything else. DeepMind has recruited a number of experts in artificial intelligence, and one of its co-founders is Demis Hassabis, a neuroscientist, computer game designer and former chess prodigy.