Why Google renamed its research division 'Google AI'

Google rebranded its Google Research division to "Google AI" in a move to reflect the company's growing focus on artificial intelligence research.

In a May 7 blog post explaining the change, Google highlighted its recent AI efforts related to computer vision, healthcare and voice assistants.

In the healthcare realm, for example, the Google Research team in February published research findings on an AI algorithm that may be able to predict a patient's risk of heart attack or stroke using only photographs of the interior lining of the individual's eye.

"For the past several years, we've pursued research that reflects our commitment to make AI available for everyone," the blog post reads. "To better reflect this commitment, we're unifying our efforts under 'Google AI,' which encompasses all the state-of-the-art research happening across Google."

As part of the transition, Google renamed all of its Google Research channels, including its Google+, Twitter and blog.

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