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Who Is Mustafa Suleyman, The New CEO of Microsoft AI?

Mar 26, 2024 | News | 0 comments


Microsoft appointed a new CEO to lead its newly established AI unit. The top things you might be interested in knowing about the tech giant’s AI CEO, Mustafa Suleyman

Artificial Intelligence (AI) establishment and utilisation are rapidly rising worldwide. Where users adopt innovations, big tech companies like Microsoft are building new units and departments. On that note, Microsoft recently announced the formation of its new AI unit, which will be led by the former Google DeepMind CEO Mustafa Suleyman. On Tuesday, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella shared the information with the employees.

As per the Microsoft blog

The new unit will focus on advancing Copilot and other consumer AI products and research at the company.Satya Nadella further states,

“We are in Year 2 of the AI platform shift and must ensure we have the capability and capacity to innovate boldly. I’m very excited to announce that Mustafa Suleyman and Karén Simonyan are joining Microsoft to form a new organization called Microsoft AI, focused on advancing Copilot and our other consumer AI products and research.”

On the official Microsoft blog, Nadela writes, “Mustafa will be EVP and CEO, Microsoft AI, and joins the senior leadership team (SLT), reporting to me. Karén is joining this group as Chief Scientist, reporting to Mustafa.”

Mustafa writes:

Afterward, Mustafa Suleyman also shared his excitement on his official X handle, “I’m excited to announce that today I’m joining Microsoft as CEO of Microsoft AI., I’ll be leading all consumer AI products and research, including Copilot, Bing, and Edge.”

Who is Mustafa Suleyman?

Mustafa has become a renowned person in the AI industry; before joining Microsoft, Suleyman co-founded Inflection AI, a startup focused on developing a personal AI assistant named Pi. While Pi garnered praise for its user-friendly interface and supportive personality, it couldn’t compete with industry giants like OpenAI’s ChatGPT in terms of its user base. Also, Suleyman leaded an AI lab, DeepMind, with partners Shane Legg, and Demis Hassabis in 2010. This foundation soon gained popularity in the technology community. Later, Google took over DeepMind in 2014 and announced Mustafa as its Co-founder.

According to reports

Suleyman has been involved in several scandals while working at DeepMind. In 2017, the UK’s data protection agency revealed that London’s Royal Free Hospital had illegally granted the AI startup access to 1.6 million patient details. The company faced criticism for its work in the healthcare industry, for which Suleyman then apologised.

Moving forward, Microsoft plans to integrate Inflection AI’s technology into its cloud services and become a significant player in the AI market. Suleyman’s impressive track record includes co-founding DeepMind, a pioneering AI lab known for its astounding work in AI learning. Considering all calculations, Microsoft hired an intellectual techie guy, Mustafa Suleyman.

What’s his background?

Suleyman was born in August 1984 in London. His mother was an English teacher, and his father was a Syrian-born taxi driver. After senior secondary education, Suleyman enrolled at Oxford University to study philosophy and theology but left school in his second year. Meanwhile, he built an empire of Muslim Youth Helpline, a nonprofit counseling service. Gradually, it grew to be one of the biggest mental health support networks for Muslims in the UK.

This move by Microsoft underscores its commitment to AI dominance. Its investments and partnerships, including a staggering $13 billion poured into OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, demonstrate its ambition. Furthermore, its collaboration with French AI startup Mistral AI further solidifies its position as a major force in the ever-evolving AI landscape.

Microsoft’s new AI unit CEO, Mustafa Suleyman, is a highly skilled guy. Microsoft now has all the expectations for its newly hired AI department. It would be interesting to see the future of such market giants. This race to AI supremacy promises exciting advancements and user-friendly AI solutions to revolutionise our interactions with technology.

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