Demis Hassabis is a co-founder and CEO of DeepMind Technologies — the British neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence (AI) company that hit the headlines when its AlphaGo program became the first AI to beat Go champion and 9th-dan player Lee Sedol.
The neuroscientist and AI researcher was a chess champion in his early teens. Demis finished his A-Levels at 16 years old, went on to program a multi-million-selling videogame « Theme Park » one year later and received a double First in Computer Science from Cambridge University in 1997. After creating various tech companies over the next decade, the London native went back to university to obtain a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at UCL. In 2010 he co-founded DeepMind – an AI company that Google would buy for a historic $625 million in 2014.
Deepmind joined forces with Google in order to turbo-charge our mission.
The algorithms Deepmind builds are capable of learning for themselves directly from raw experience or data, and are general in that they can perform well across a wide variety of tasks straight out of the box. Their world-class team consists of many renowned experts in their respective fields, including but not limited to deep neural networks, reinforcement learning and systems neuroscience-inspired models.
Founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman in London, 2010. DeepMind was supported by some of the most iconic tech entrepreneurs and investors of the past decade, prior to being acquired by Google in early 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date.