- Google has added the cofounder of its DeepMind artificial intelligence unit to its own internal AI team.
- Mustafa Suleyman, who cofounded DeepMind with Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg, took a temporary leave from the firm earlier this year.
- His move to Google ends speculation that he planned to quit both DeepMind and Google altogether.
- Google acquired DeepMind for $400 million in 2014, and the firm remains headquartered in London and a research-oriented entity.
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Google has added the cofounder of its UK-based DeepMind artificial intelligence research unit to its own AI team.
Mustafa Suleyman confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday, saying that he would join Google policy chief Kent Walker and Jeff Dean, the senior vice president of Google AI, in January.
“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!”
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.
Google acquired DeepMind $400 million in 2014.
This is a developing story…