Google’s biggest move this year was to acquire AI-specialist tech company DeepMind for $400m. With funding from Google, DeepMind could prove to be a real pioneer. It has already demonstrated some of its neural network technology, which can teach an AI to ‘learn’ to play simple games in the same way a human brain does

One of the companies that revolutionised the search engine, Google is now pretty much the field on which the internet is played. It’s a long time since Google has been referred to as a single product company, with the firm often considered one of the most innovative and expansive outfits on the planet. 2014 was no different, with Google investing in a variety of sectors. Naturally, a company that looks to so many revenue drivers will have a varied success rate, but Google presses on.