Timeline of Google Brain

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2011 Andrew Ng launches "the Deep Learning project at Google".[1] This project would eventually become Google Brain.
2011 early in the year Jeff Dean runs into Andrew Ng at a Google campus microkitchen. Ng tells Dean about Project Marvin, an internal effort to experiment with neural networks. Project Marvin was eventually referred to as Google Brain.[2]
2011 November 13 A New York Times article from this day covering Google X mentions that Andrew Ng is at Google X.[3]
2012 December Ray Kurzweil joins Google as a director of engineering.[4] When asked whether he is trying to build an artificial "Google Brain" as part of Jeff Dean's program, Kurzweil replies that "Jeff Dean is one of my collaborators".[5] It's not clear whether he was actually part of what would become Google Brain.
2012 June 26 A blog post by Jeff Dean and Andrew Ng is published on the official Google blog. The post covers work done by the two at Google; in particular it announces the paper "Building High-level Features Using Large Scale Unsupervised Learning", which has been called "the cat paper". Neither the blog post nor the paper mentions a "Google Brain" (either as a project name or a team name), but this work was done by the Google Brain project.[6][2]
 ? Andrew Ng leaves Google to lead Baidu's AI team.[2]
2013 March Google hires Geoffrey Hinton and acquires DNNresearch Inc., the neural networks company started by Hinton and two of his graduate students, Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever.[7] The news reporting does not mention what Hinton would be working on at Google, but presumably he joined what would become Google Brain.
2013 or 2014? Google Brain graduates out of Google X and into "the broader research organization" (does that mean Google Research?). At this point the Google Brain team has fewer than 10 people.[2]
2016 February Greg Corrado and Jeff Dean of Google Brain approach Macduff Hughes, the director of Google Translate. Corrado and Dean tell Hughes that Google Translate could be overhauled with a neural network-based approach to machine translation by the end of 2016.[2]
2016 April 8 The Google Brain team page is shared on Hacker News.[8] This is possibly the first verifiable date on which "Google Brain" is used as a team name.
2016 April 16 The first Internet Archive snapshot of the Google Brain team web page is from this day.[9]
2016 June 1 Magenta, a Google Brain project that uses machine learning to generate art and music, is announced.[10]
2016 August 4 The Google Brain team does an AMA ("ask me anything") on Reddit on the subreddit r/MachineLearning.[11]
2016 September 27 The Google Neural Machine Translation system is announced on the Google AI Blog. The post is written by research scientists on the Google Brain team, and the post acknowledges the Google Brain team for contributions to the project.[12]
2017 September 9 The Google Brain team does its second AMA ("ask me anything") on Reddit on the subreddit r/MachineLearning.[13]

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  1. Daniela Hernandez (May 7, 2013). "The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI". Wired Enterprise. Archived from the original on June 1, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Gideon Lewis-Kraus. "The Great A.I. Awakening". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  3. Miller, Claire Cain; Bilton, Nick (November 13, 2011). "At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  4. Taylor, Colleen (December 15, 2012). "Ray Kurzweil Joins Google In Full-Time Engineering Director Role; Will Focus On Machine Learning, Language Processing". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  5. Levy, Steven (April 25, 2013). "How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain". WIRED. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  6. Dean, Jeff; Ng, Andrew. "Using large-scale brain simulations for machine learning and A.I.". Official Google Blog. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  7. U of T Media (March 12, 2013). "Media Room & Blue Book – University of Toronto". Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  8. "Google Brain Team". Hacker News. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  9. "Research at Google". Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  10. Eck, Douglas (June 1, 2016). "Welcome to Magenta!". Magenta. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  11. "AMA: We are the Google Brain team. We'd love to answer your questions about machine learning. • r/MachineLearning". reddit. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  12. Le, Quoc V.; Schuster, Mike (September 27, 2016). "A Neural Network for Machine Translation, at Production Scale". Google AI Blog. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  13. "We are the Google Brain team. We'd love to answer your questions (again) • r/MachineLearning". reddit. Retrieved May 12, 2018.