Alphabet merged A.I.-focused groups. Brain and DeepMind

As the competition for artificial intelligence intensifies,

Alphabet is joining forces with DeepMind to combine an internal Google Research team known as Brain.

For an estimated $500 million, Google purchased DeepMind in 2014, and up until this point, it has been managed as a separate division out of the UK.

One of Alphabet's "other bets," DeepMind, has been engaged in futuristic work,

such as training computer systems to outperform the best Go players.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post on Thursday that combining all of this talent into a single,

well-focused team and giving them access to Google's computational power will significantly speed up our progress in AI.