Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Microsoft appoints Mustafa Süleyman as head of its new AI team

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Microsoft has made an important transfer to further strengthen its claim on artificial intelligence. Mustafa Süleyman, one of the founders of DeepMind, Google’s prestigious artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory, Joined Microsoft. Süleyman will head up the company’s consumer artificial intelligence products and manage innovations in this field. These products include Copilot, Bing and Edge, which are today’s popular tools. With this newly established team at Microsoft, Süleyman aims to open a new page in the field of artificial intelligence.

Mustafa Süleyman founded DeepMind in 2010, and this initiative was acquired by Google in 2014. DeepMind continued to be known within Google for its work pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence, but Süleyman left the department in the process. Süleyman, known for his leadership skills, has been the subject of controversy in the past due to disagreements in some projects. However, these situations did not overshadow his expertise in product management and policies in the field of AI.

With Suleiman’s involvement, Microsoft has also incorporated other talent from Inflection AI. These transfers include Karén Simonyan, co-founder of Inflection AI. Simonyan will serve as chief scientist in the consumer AI group. Kevin Scott, who has an important role in Microsoft’s AI strategy, will continue his career as CTO and vice president of AI.

Regarding these new appointments, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella stated that they appreciated Süleyman’s founding experiences at DeepMind and Inflection, as well as his visionary approach and innovative product development abilities. Nadella emphasized that Microsoft has the potential to realize technologies that are considered impossible in the field of artificial intelligence and its mission to deliver these technologies to every individual and organization in a safe and responsible manner.

Microsoft continues to strengthen its artificial intelligence infrastructure by continuing its multibillion-dollar partnership with OpenAI and its agreement with AI startup Mistral. This new team setup is an indication that they do not ignore existing partnerships. The company aims to develop its AI infrastructure, including custom systems and silicon work, to support OpenAI’s base model roadmap.

Since introducing Bing Chat (now known as Copilot) last year, Microsoft has brought its AI assistant to Office products, Windows 11, and Edge. The company plans to share more details about its AI goals on Windows and Surface devices by holding a special event ahead of the Build conference in May. With these strategic moves, new horizons are expected to be opened in the field of artificial intelligence under the leadership of Microsoft and Süleyman.

Danish Kapoor