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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

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.


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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