DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman has joined two other high-profile industry figures in launching a new venture called Inflection AI. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is joining Suleyman on the venture. "Reid and I are excited to announce that we are co-founding a new company, Inflection AI," wrote Suleyman in a statement. "Inflection will be an AI-first consumer products company, incubated at Greylock, with all the advantages and expertise that come from being part of one of the most storied venture capital firms in the world." Dr Karén Simonyan, another former DeepMind AI expert, will serve as Inflection AI's chief scientist and its third co-founder.
Mustafa Suleyman, a co-founder of artificial intelligence research company DeepMind, has left Google to join venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Suleyman has brought to an end an eight-year run at Google, where he was most recently the company's vice president of AI product management and policy. He joined Google when it bought DeepMind in 2014 and became the latter's head of applied AI. Suleyman was reportedly placed on administrative leave in 2019 following allegations that he bullied employees. Suleyman, who moved to Google at the end of that year, said on a podcast with Greylock partner Reid Hoffman this week that he "really screwed up" and that "I remain very sorry about the impact that that caused people and the hurt that people felt there."
Billionaire Reid Hoffman, DeepMind cofounder Mustafa Suleyman and former DeepMind researcher Karen Simonyan have announced the launch of a new company called Inflection AI. Suleyman will be appointed as CEO of the company. Inflection aims to develop a new suite of AI technologies that will ease communication between machines and humans. The company hasn't yet revealed the products and services that it will sell. In a statement released to the public, Suleyman noted, "Recent advances in artificial intelligence promise to fundamentally redefine human-machine interaction. We will soon have the ability to relay our thoughts and ideas to computers using the same natural, conversational language we use to communicate with people. Over time these new language capabilities will revolutionise what it means to have a digital experience."
Some of the better-known minds in tech are uniting to tackle one of computing's greater challenges. CNBC reports LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman (pictured above) have formed Inflection AI, a company that will use artificial intelligence software to help humans talk to computers. The hope, according to Suleyman, is that you'll speak to computers in ordinary language -- this will "almost certainly" be possible in five years, he said. Suleyman will serve as CEO, while fellow DeepMind alumni Karén Simonyan will operate as Inflection's chief scientist. The company aims to stay relatively small to preserve the team's focus and speed.
Mustafa Suleyman has been working in artificial intelligence for 12 years, trying to figure out how to use machine learning systems and AI to do important things in the work and have impact at scale. "And over the years, I've been lucky enough to be at the forefront of a lot of cutting-edge applications of AI," he told TechCrunch. "Over the years, that experience has given me a really good intuition, for when a piece of AI is ready for the real world, and when it's not. The projects that I've seen fail are mostly because people overestimate how good AI is. People think that AI is this silver bullet and it can solve all your problems, but actually you have to craft the environment and the application problem correctly."