The American technological giant Google opened today in Berlin its new headquarters for Germany. Here it will host about 300 workers, more than double those currently employed in the capital. The opening of the new facilities came just three months after the withdrawal of the controversial Google project to open a campus for start-ups in Berlin due to neighborhood protests.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said at the opening that the German capital hosts ‘a rapidly growing start-up scene’ and that it is an ‘engine for innovation’, while recognizing the city’s appeal as center for new technology companies. The act was also attended by the Mayor-Governor of the State of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the German Minister of Digitization, Dorothee Bär.
The German newspaper Tagesspiegel points out that the expansion plans of the multinational in Berlin could include the start-up of a research center on artificial intelligence. Thus, Google would get to establish in the German capital a team specialized in this field, after it did not go ahead an initiative to create an artificial intelligence center in Berlin.
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