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Big news today!

Facebook has created a new research laboratory with the ambitious, long-term goal of bringing about major advances in Artificial Intelligence.

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of director of this new lab. I will remain a professor at New York University on a part-time basis, and will maintain research and teaching activities at NYU.

Simultaneously, Facebook and New York University's Center for Data Science are entering a partnership to carry out research in data science, machine learning, and AI.

The new AI Group at Facebook will have locations in Menlo Park, CA, in London, UK, and at Facebook's new facility in New York City, one block away from NYU's main campus.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CTO Michael Schroepfer and I are at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference in Lake Tahoe today. Mark will announce the news during his presentation at the NIPS Workshop on Deep Learning later today. 

And we are hiring!
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That's big news indeed! I'm surprised you haven't been snatched by Google earlier. Congratulations!
Congrats. Now we can expect a real constructive fast peaced competetion:
google vs. facebook
Congratulations Yann! I look forward to seeing what you achieve at Facebook. I guess Google can't have all the AI experts :-)
Felicitations! I guess that finally explains Zuckerberg on the NIPS schedule.
Congrats! I hope the work at Facebook will be fruitful and useful [for more than just more likes].
Very interesting news indeed!, will FB's AI Group seek any insights from the brain?
Yann can cook... at Facebook!  Congrats! 
I wonder, what kind of research culture will the new Facebook lab have, in terms of openness of the research?
Congratulations! Hope that you'll still be as active on G+ as you've been so far, and nice to hear that you plan to have a part of the group in (or rather 'closer to') Europe!
Congratulations! With this and Hinton's move to Google there are definitely some big names collaborating with industry. 
Yu Su
Great news! Congrats!
Congratulations Yann. Big news indeed!
Congratulations! This was a long time coming.
where will the focus be? how broad is the scope? Are all algorithms of interest, or only some?
congrats! just saw the news on someone's fb (haha)
Read the first paragraph and assumed the rest was a joke. So I plus 1'd
Congratulations on this exciting machine learning initiative!
S Arora
Congrats on this new move!
Facebook would have to develop artificial intelligence.   99% of the content lacks organic intelligence.

* badoomTISS *
Brilliant coup by Facebook. Congratulations Yann! Shall we call this new lab, LeBrain?
My parents' generation: "hey, let's develop new technologies in order to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely."
My generation: "hey, let's develop artificial intelligence so we can infer shopping habits from selfies so we can sell more valuable ads."

Take that, moon.
Thank you all for your kind words / Merci mille fois pour vos encouragements.
Does it mean you'll close your G+ account :D
+Yann LeCun I hope this doesn't mean the end of your G+ posts that a big community here has grown accustomed to now. 
I'm not closing my G+ account. I use it as a blog platform and will continue to post here. Don't go away! 

Obviously, I will also be posting publicly on FB.

I have been using FB non-publicly for many years, mostly to keep in touch with family, friends, and my favorite jazz musicians.
+Yann LeCun Great to hear you're going to stick with us!  Good luck with the new job!
Kai Yu
Hi Yann, congrats for this big move! it's exciting to see so many tech companies are putting more resources on AI!!
Thanks, Kai. You have been a pioneer in the deployment of deep learning and convolutional nets since your days at NEC.
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