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21 Apr, 2023
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Former AI lead Jeff Dean has assumed the position of chief scientist as Google DeepMind, led by CEO Demis Hassabis, emerges as a new group.

Alphabet's artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, which was acquired by the tech giant in 2014, is joining forces with Google's Brain team to create a new entity called Google DeepMind. The combination of these groups is expected to significantly accelerate progress in AI, according to a post by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, will become CEO of Google DeepMind and lead the development of responsible and capable AI systems. Meanwhile, Jeff Dean, the co-founder of the Brain team and former senior vice president of Google Research and Health, will become chief scientist for Google Research and Google DeepMind.

Hassabis believes that by creating Google DeepMind, they can deliver AI research and products that will improve the lives of billions of people, transform industries, advance science, and serve diverse communities. The integration of the two companies will help them to solve some of the most challenging scientific and engineering issues related to building ever more capable and general AI in a safe and responsible manner.

DeepMind and Google have had disagreements in the past, with DeepMind reportedly losing its years-long bid to gain more independence from Google in 2021. However, with Google's increasing focus on AI, it makes sense for the companies to merge their research teams to enhance their efforts.

Earlier this year, Google launched Bard, an AI-powered chat rival to ChatGPT and Bing Chat, but the product did not perform as well as its competitors in tests. Google employees apparently criticized the product before its launch and urged the leadership not to release it. Despite this setback, Pichai has promised that upgrades are on the way.