DeepMind co-founder transitions to Google's applied AI team

Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, the health-focused artificial intelligence firm initially acquired by Google in 2014, is leaving his post to join Google's AI team, BBC News reports.

At Google, Mr. Suleyman will work alongside Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president for global affairs and chief legal officer, and Jeff Dean, senior fellow and senior vice president of Google AI, "to work on opportunities & impacts of applied AI technologies," he wrote in a Dec. 5 tweet announcing the job change. He did not reveal what title he will hold at Google.

"As a serial entrepreneur, Mustafa played a key role over the past decade, helping to get DeepMind off the ground, and launched a series of innovative collaborations with Google to reduce energy consumption in data centers, improve Android battery performance, optimize Google Play and find ways to improve the lives of patients, nurses and doctors alike," DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis wrote in a blog post, per BBC News. "Mustafa leaves DeepMind having helped set us up for long-term success, and I'm looking forward to what he'll achieve in the years ahead as he joins Google in a new role."

Google's $500 million acquisition of DeepMind was completed in September. Since becoming a member of the Google Health group, the British startup has focused on research and development of AI tools to improve patient care and clinician workflows.

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