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Shake-up at Facebook highlights tension in race for artificial intelligence

Questions arise over whether social-media giant is keeping up with its rivals in the aggressively competitive world of AI development and research

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AI has long been the bedrock for the key features Facebook needs to gain new users and keep people engaged, such as facial-recognition systems in photo tagging and the algorithms that decide where posts land on users' news feed.

Washington

FACEBOOK'S hiring of French artificial-intelligence trailblazer Yann LeCun in 2013 to start its AI Research lab signalled that the social-media giant was serious about competing in the kinds of technologies revolutionising the Web. Its highly visible brand of AI helped turn the...

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