Microsoft places ex-DeepMind boffin in control of London AI Hub • The Register


Microsoft is opening an AI analysis and growth hub in London led by former Google DeepMind researchers.

In an announcement on Sunday, Microsoft AI CEO and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, detailed plans for the hub, which can concentrate on advancing the software program large’s rising portfolio of machine studying instruments.

Microsoft’s longstanding partnership with OpenAI has seen it combine AI into all method of merchandise starting from Home windows, Bing, Github, and Workplace 365. Extra are to come back we’re instructed.

Redmond has invested billions of {dollars} to assist the event of OpenAI’s fashions, however regardless of these efforts it has reportedly confronted points changing this into profitability with providers like Github Copilot allegedly shedding it $20 a month per consumer. In the meantime, Copilot for Workplace 365 has been met with blended critiques, to be well mannered.

To be able to assist commercialize its AI investments, Microsoft added Suleyman to its ranks final month.

The DeepMind co-founder has been an influential determine within the analysis, growth, and ethics of AI fashions. In 2022, shortly earlier than the launch of ChatGPT, Suleyman left Google to begin Inflection AI alongside co-founders Reid Hoffman  and Karén Simonyan. The latter was considered one of a number of Inflection AI researchers who adopted Suleyman to Microsoft in March.

Main Microsoft AI’s London hub is one other DeepMind and Inflection AI alumnus Jordan Hoffman. Amongst his first priorities will probably be bringing in contemporary expertise to assist Microsoft’s AI merchandise. These efforts will little question contain poaching builders from key mannequin builders and discovering new startups.

The announcement comes after Microsoft’s earlier UK investments which embrace its analysis lab at Cambridge, a pledge to convey 20,000 GPUs to the nation by 2026, and its £2.5 billion ($3.16 billion) dedication to arrange British employees for AI’s gradual takeover.

The UK authorities for months has been trying to place itself as a middle for AI growth. Final autumn Britain hosted the AI Security Summit the place it welcomed two AI-capable supercomputers: the College of Cambridge’s Daybreak supercomputer and the £225 million Isambard-AI system on the College of Bristol.

The latter, relies on Nvidia’s Grace-Hopper Superchips and is anticipated to supply 21 or extra exaFLOPS of AI efficiency — that is at FP8 in case you are questioning — when full later this 12 months.

Since then, the UK authorities has made £100 million ($126 million) out there to regulator and analysis universities to deal with AI challenges. ®


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