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Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis gets UK knighthood for ‘services to expert system’

Demis Hassabis, CEO and among 3 creators of Google’s expert system (AI) subsidiary DeepMind, has actually been granted a knighthood in the U.K. for “services to expert system.”

Ian Hogarth, chair of the U.K. federal government’s just recently released AI Safety Institute and formerly creator of music start-up Songkick, was granted Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to AI; as was Matt Clifford, AI advisor to the U.K. federal government and co-founder of super-early-stage financier Entrepreneur.


Hassabis was born in London in 1976, becoming a prodigy in a variety of disciplines, and reaching master status at chess by the time he was a teen. He consequently ended up being lead developer at legendary U.K. computer game designer Bullfrog Productions; finished from the University of Cambridge with superior honors in Computer Science; and operated in different AI and computer technology functions before getting a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from University College London (UCL).

Along With Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, who Microsoft worked with from AI start-up Inflection AI recently, Hassabis established DeepMind out of London in 2010.

Hassabis was granted a CBE in 2017 for “services to science and innovation” in the wake of some prominent accomplishments at DeepMind– this consisted of establishing an AI system that beat the world champ of technique parlor game Go. The business likewise courted debate after signing data-sharing offers with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS). Fast-forward 7 years, and it’s informing that his knighthood was granted particularly for services to “expert system,” a field that has actually catapulted into the mainstream awareness over the previous 18 months due to innovations such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The U.K. has actually aspired to place itself at the leading edge of the AI transformation, driven by efforts such as the AI Safety Summit which it hosted in England last November. And it sits amongst the top-tier AI nations worldwide in regards to R&D financial investment, behind the U.S. and China, with DeepMind acting as among the U.K.’s biggest AI exports. After getting DeepMind in 2014 for north of $500 million, it has actually become among Google’s most crucial possessions, as the significant innovation business fight it out for AI supremacy– along with Google Research, DeepMind is accountable for Gemini, Google’s competitor to OpenAI’s GPT-branded household of big language designs.

It does make sense that the U.K. would look for to honor one of its most prominent AI tokens. Other significant figures from the innovation world to get knighthoods consist of Apple’s Jonathan “Jony” Ive back in 2011 for “services to create and business.”

Happy and honoured to get a Knighthood for services to AI. It’s been an extraordinary journey up until now constructing @GoogleDeepMind over the previous 15 years, assisting speed up the field and grow the UK & & international AI communities. Thanks to everybody who assisted make this dream possible!

— Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) March 28, 2024

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