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Microsoft Taps DeepMind Co-founder Mustafa Suleyman to Lead Consumer AI Revolution

Suleyman's Strategic Shift, Microsoft's Next Chapter in AI Dominance

20 March 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, was appointed as CEO of Microsoft AI's consumer division.

  • Karen Simonyan joins as chief scientist, bringing talent from their startup, Inflection AI.

  • Microsoft aims to accelerate AI innovation, leveraging Suleyman's expertise and Nadella's guidance.

In a significant move, Microsoft has appointed Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, to spearhead its new consumer AI division. This division will oversee pivotal products like Copilot, Bing, and Edge. Joining Suleyman is a team of talented individuals from his startup, Inflection AI, including Karen Simonyan, who will serve as the chief scientist of the consumer AI group. With Suleyman at the helm as CEO of Microsoft AI, the tech giant aims to accelerate its innovation in artificial intelligence, under the direct guidance of CEO Satya Nadella.


Suleyman's journey in the realm of AI began with the co-founding of DeepMind in 2010, which later garnered attention through its integration with Google Brain, evolving into Google DeepMind. Despite his tenure at Google being marked by controversy, Suleyman's expertise in AI product management and policy is undeniable. After leaving Google in 2022, he embarked on co-founding Inflection AI, backed by major players like Microsoft and Nvidia, releasing groundbreaking technology such as the conversational AI chatbot Pi.


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The partnership between Microsoft and Inflection AI signals a strategic move towards advancing AI technology for consumer applications. Inflection AI's intention to license its technology to Microsoft aligns with this vision, indicating a shift towards catering to business clientele. This consolidation underscores Microsoft's commitment to maintaining its edge amidst fierce competition, particularly from Google, which is rumored to be collaborating with Apple to embed its AI model, Gemini, into iPhones.


Nadella's endorsement of Suleyman's leadership reflects a shared vision of leveraging AI for the betterment of society. With a focus on responsible and inclusive AI development, Microsoft aims to ensure that the benefits of AI reach every individual and organization worldwide. As the boundaries of what's possible in AI continue to expand, the stage is set for Microsoft AI under Suleyman's stewardship to push the envelope, delivering transformative technologies that shape the future.


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