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Mustafa Suleyman, Co-Founder and CEO at Inflection AI, attends the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, January 18, 2024.

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An inflection point for Microsoft

Microsoft made headlines last week, hiring Mustafa Suleyman to lead its internal AI group. Suleyman is a big name in the world of artificial intelligence, namely because he co-founded the influential British research lab DeepMind that was acquired by Google in 2014 for over $500 million. But in hiring Suleyman, Microsoft also kinda, maybe, sorta acquired his current AI startup, called Inflection AI.

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Mustafa Suleyman CEO and co-founder of Inflection AI speaks during the Axios BFD event in New York City, U.S., October 12, 2023.

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Microsoft's big-name hire

What a splash! Microsoft announced earlier today that it has hired one of the most prominent figures in the AI revolution: Mustafa Suleyman. Suleyman co-founded the British AI research lab DeepMind, which Google acquired for £400 million in 2014 (~$656 million).

Suleyman will run a new division called Microsoft AI, overseeing its Copilot and Bing products, among others. Microsoft has become a major player in generative AI through its $13 billion investment in ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, whose deep-learning language models now fuel Microsoft's own AI offerings. He will focus on advancing consumer products — in other words, getting you to use this cutting-edge tech.

AI's rapid rise
AI's rapid rise | GZERO World

AI's rapid rise

In a remarkable shift, AI has catapulted to the forefront of global conversations within a span of just one year. From political leaders to multilateral organizations, the dialogue has swiftly transitioned from mere curiosity to deep-seated concern. Ian Bremmer, founder and president of GZERO Media and Eurasia Group, says AI transcends traditional geopolitical boundaries. Notably, the reins of AI's dominion rest not in governments but predominantly within the hands of technology corporations.

This unconventional dynamic prompts a recalibration of governance strategies. Unlike past challenges that could be addressed in isolation, AI's complexity necessitates collaboration with its creators—engineers, scientists, technologists, and corporate leaders. The emergence of a new era, where technology companies hold significant sway, has redefined the political landscape. The journey to understand and govern AI is a collaborative endeavor that promises both learning and transformation.

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AI governance: Cultivating responsibility
AI governance: Cultivating responsibility | GZERO World

AI governance: Cultivating responsibility

Mustafa Suleyman, a prominent voice in the AI landscape and CEO & co-founder of Inflection AI, contends that effective regulation transcends legal frameworks—it encompasses a culture of self-regulation and informed regulatory comprehension. Today's AI leaders exhibit a unique blend of optimism and caution, recognizing both the transformative potential and potential pitfalls of AI technologies. Suleyman underscores the paradigm shift compared to the era of social media dominance.

This time, AI leaders have been proactive in raising concerns and questions about the technology's impact. Balancing innovation's pace with prudent safeguards is the goal, acknowledging that through collective efforts, the benefits of AI can far outweigh its drawbacks. Suleyman highlights that advanced AI models are increasingly controllable and capable of producing desired, safe outputs. He encourages external oversight and welcomes regulation as a proactive and thoughtful measure. The message is clear: the path to harnessing AI's power lies in fostering a culture of responsible development and collaborative regulatory action.

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Insights on AI governance and global stability
Insights on AI Governance and Global Stability | GZERO World

Insights on AI governance and global stability

Ian Bremmer and Mustafa Suleyman, CEO and co-founder of Inflection AI, delve into the realm of AI governance and its vital role in shaping our rapidly evolving world. Just like the macro-prudential policies that govern global finance, society now find itself in need of techno-prudential policies to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) flourishes without compromising global stability. AI presents multi-faceted challenges, including disinformation, technology proliferation, and the urgent need to strike a balance between innovation and risk management.

A vision for inclusive AI governance
A vision for inclusive AI governance | GZERO World

A vision for inclusive AI governance

Casting a spotlight on the intricate landscape of AI governance, Ian Bremmer, president and founder of GZERO Media and Eurasia Group, and Mustafa Suleyman, CEO and co-founder of Inflection AI, eloquently unravel the pressing need for collaboration between governments, advanced industrial players, corporations, and a diverse spectrum of stakeholders in the AI domain. The exponential pace of this technological evolution demands a united front and the stakes have never been higher. There is urgency of getting AI governance right while the perils of getting it wrong could be catastrophic. While tech giants acknowledge this necessity, they remain engrossed in their domains, urging the imperative for collective action.

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Podcast: Artificial intelligence new rules: Ian Bremmer and Mustafa Suleyman explain the AI power paradox

Listen: Dive into the world of artificial intelligence in our new GZERO World podcast episode. Ian Bremmer, founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, teams up with Mustafa Suleyman, CEO of Inflection AI, to discuss their groundbreaking article titled, “The AI Power Paradox,” recently published in Foreign Affairs magazine. Uncover the explosive growth and potential risks of generative AI and explore Ian and Mustafa’s proposed 5 principles for effective AI governance. Join host Evan Solomon as he delves into the crucial conversation about regulating AI before it spirals out of control and without stifling innovation. Tune in for insights on technology, politics, and securing our global future.

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The AI power paradox: Rules for AI's power
Rule for AI's power | Quick Take | GZERO Media

The AI power paradox: Rules for AI's power

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody, Ian Bremmer here and a piece to share with you that I've just completed with Mustafa Suleyman, my good friend, the founder, co-founder of DeepMind, and now Inflection AI, in Foreign Affairs.

This issue called, "The AI Power Paradox - Can states learn to govern artificial intelligence before it’s too late?" The biggest change in power and governance in a very short period of time that I've experienced in my lifetime.

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