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Microsoft hires DeepMind co-founder to run consumer AI| GuyWhoKnowsThings


Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google's DeepMind AI lab, will leave the startup he ran to lead Microsoft's consumer AI business, in another sign of Microsoft's aggressive plans for the technology.

Suleyman will report directly to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, the company said Tuesday.

Suleyman, whose startup Inflection AI raised $1.5 billion in funding, will be responsible for expanding a consumer AI business, including Microsoft's Copilot chatbot, the Bing search engine and the Edge Internet browser.

One of his Inflection AI co-founders, Karén Simonyan, a leading researcher who also came from DeepMind, will also be joining Microsoft, as will much of his team.

“I am excited to have them contribute their knowledge, talent and experience to our consumer AI research and product manufacturing,” Nadella said. saying in an email to staff. He added: “We have been operating with speed and intensity, and this infusion of new talent will allow us to accelerate our pace once again.”

In 2010, Suleyman co-founded DeepMind, an ambitious and momentous artificial intelligence laboratory in London. a breakthrough With AI that could run complex games, Google acquired DeepMind in 2014.

Suleyman left Google in 2022 and co-founded Inflection AI, a startup seeking to create an artificial intelligence personal assistant. In May, he introduced his consumer assistant, Pi, which was praised for its friendly and supportive nature but it gained only one million daily users, far fewer than OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot.

With many of Inflection AI's staff leaving for Microsoft, the company said it was changing its focus. Although it won't close Pi, it will no longer focus on building a consumer business. Instead, you will work with commercial clients to build, test and tune AI systems. Microsoft is also licensing the latest underlying Inflection AI technology to make it available to commercial customers of its cloud computing products.

Inflection AI announced that it had hired Sean White, who previously worked at Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, to take on the role of CEO.

(The New York Times defendant OpenAI and Microsoft in December for copyright infringement of news content related to AI systems).

As one of the founders of DeepMind, Suleyman helped popularize the idea that artificial intelligence technology could one day destroy humanity. But he has also expressed concern about more concrete and immediate dangers associated with the technology, including the spread of misinformation and job losses.

In his recent book, “The coming wave” argued that if these and other dangers could be overcome, the technology would be enormously transformative, especially as a means of drug discovery and other forms of healthcare.

DeepMind and Inflection AI did not require The open source of the most powerful AI technologies., an approach in which companies share the raw code behind new systems in an effort to increase their popularity and allow outside engineers to address their shortcomings. But Suleyman has argued that ultimately AI technologies should not be controlled by a single company.

The possibility of open source AI technology has become a point of debate among technology companies. Some, like Meta and Elon Musk's xAI company, argue that open source is the best way to ensure secure technology. But OpenAI, Microsoft's close partner, has kept the code for its newest technology secret.


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