Philanthropic venture acquires AI startup

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Meta says its search tool traces connections involving 17 million researchers. (Meta via YouTube)

The multibillion-dollar Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced its first acquisition today: a startup called Meta that is developing an artificial intelligence program for searching through scientific studies.

“We will be working to make Meta even more powerful and useful to the scientific community, and are committed to offering these tools and features for free to all researchers,” the initiative’s president of science, Cori Bargmann, and chief technology officer Brian Pinkerton said in a Facebook posting.

The acquisition is subject to shareholder and court approval.

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