The DeepMind CEO & Co-Founder Is Joining Google As The AI Lab Positions
Alphabet the parent company of Google has been going through the phase of major changes in its internal structure, recently the two founding members of Alphabet Inc., Larry Page, and Sergey Brin has stepped down from their positions and announced Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of Alphabet.
After these major changes, the company has now added Mustafa Suleyman who is the CEO and one of the three co-founders of the UK-based DeepMind Artificial Intelligence research unit into the team of AI.
Mustafa Suleyman confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday, saying that after a “wonderful decade” at DeepMind, he would be joining Google to work with the company’s head of AI Jeff Dean and its chief legal officer Kent Walker. Both the company DeepMind and Google, are owned by Alphabet.
“After a wonderful decade at DeepMind, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be joining @Kent_Walker, @JeffDean and the fantastic team at Google to work on opportunities & impacts of applied AI technologies,” Suleyman said in his tweet. “Can’t wait to get going! More in Jan as I start the new job!”
Bringing Mustafa Suleyman into Google’s department of AI is a strategic move of Alphabet, as the Sundar Pichai is now not in Google, the company needs an experienced man and a person with a strong shoulder.
Suleyman is a state of the art leader and his entry will definitely give a major boost to Google’s existing and future projects. However, the exact details of Suleyman’s new role are not revealed yet.
Suleyman took a temporary leave from DeepMind earlier this year, prompting speculation that he might quit altogether. His move coincided with Google’s announcement that it would absorb part of DeepMind’s health-focused operations into its own broader healthcare unit, Google Health.
About his temporary leave, Suleyman said he has taken “some personal time for a break,” and he noted that he was “looking forward to being back in the saddle at DeepMind soon.” He’s a big proponent of AI ethics.
DeepMind was founded by the Suleyman with Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg in the mouth of September 2010. Since then DeepMind has become a renowned name in the world of artificial intelligence.
The company has created a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of humans, as well as a Neural Turing machine that may be able to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain
The success of the AlphaGo program has taken the company to a whole new level. A more general program called AlphaZero has beaten the most powerful programs and players of Go, Chess, and Shogi (Japanese chess) after a few days of play against itself using reinforcement learning.
If we talk about DeepMind’s recent achievement, last month, one of the biggest Go players retired citing DeepMind’s ‘invincible’ AI player, AlphaGo, as the reason for his retirement.
DeepMind’s engineers designed a number of health algorithms that broke new ground, and its team built an assistant app for nurses and doctors that promised to save time and money.
The company’s programs have learned to diagnose eye diseases as effectively as the world’s top doctors, to save 30% of the energy used to keep data centers cool, and to predict the complex 3D shapes of proteins – which could one day transform how drugs are invented.
DeepMind is based in London, with research centers in Canada, France, and the United States. In 2015, it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.