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Microsoft To Open New R&D AI Office In UK

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Microsoft is establishing a new research and development office for artificial intelligence (AI) in London.

Microsoft is a significant investor in OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, which established an office in London in 2023.

The head of AI at the IT company, Mustafa Suleyman, announced that in the upcoming weeks and months, positions for “exceptional individuals” will be posted. “The UK has a vast reservoir of AI talent and experience. Microsoft AI plans to make a significant, long-term investment in the region as we begin hiring the best AI scientists and engineers into this new AI hub,” Suleyman wrote on his blog.

Yet, he has not mentioned the number of positions that will be added.

Google acquired DeepMind, a UK-based AI research group that Suleyman co-founded, in 2014. Before joining Microsoft in March, he founded his own artificial intelligence start-up, Inflection AI, in 2022.

“Microsoft AI London will drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art language models and their supporting infrastructure,” said Suleyman. Jordan Hoffmann, an AI developer who has experience at both Inflection and DeepMind, will oversee operations at the new location, he further said.

A week after UK technology secretary Michelle Donelan struck a deal with the US to work together on testing cutting-edge AI models, he also complimented the UK’s “safety-first” approach to AI.

The new London hub, according to AI minister Viscount Camrose, is a “vote of confidence in the UK’s status as a global leader in AI innovation,” the BBC said.

“The UK is home to a thriving AI sector, employing over 50,000 people across the country and contributing £3.7 billion to our economy. Thanks to our pro-innovation approach to AI, we continue to attract the top talent and businesses from across the globe,” he said.

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