News Article from Digital Spy Tech News  Google is reportedly close to acquiring artificial intelligence company Deep Mind. The web giant has agreed to pay $500 million (£302m) for the London-based startup, according to The Information. Facebook is also said to have held talks with Deep Mind, which was founded by neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, Skype and Kazaa developer Jaan Tallin, and researcher Shane Legg. The team will work with Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil to enhance machine learning and language processing, eventually resulting in a search engine so advanced that it could act as a "cybernetic friend". Founded three years ago, Deep Mind is described as "a cutting edge artificial intelligence company" dedicated to building general-purpose learning algorithms for simulations, e-commerce, and gaming. Google has agreed to found an ethics board to ensure that Deep Mind's artificial intelligence technology is not abused. Compare Best Internet Plans at