Microsoft announces new AI office in UK

Microsoft is opening a new office in London dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. The tech firm’s AI boss Mustafa Suleyman said it will advertise roles for “exceptional individuals” in the coming weeks and months. But he has not said how many jobs will be created.

Microsoft is a major investor in ChatGPT-creator OpenAI, which itself opened an office in London in 2023. There is an enormous pool of AI talent and expertise in the UK,” said Mr Suleyman in a blog post.

“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. Mr Suleyman co-founded AI research lab DeepMind in the UK, which was bought by Google in 2014.

He launched his own AI start-up, Inflection AI, in 2022, before joining Microsoft in March. He said AI engineer Jordan Hoffmann – who also worked for DeepMind and Inflection – will lead work at the new office.

“Microsoft AI London will drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art language models and their supporting infrastructure,” said Mr Suleyman.

And he praised the UK’s “safety-first” approach to AI – a week after UK technology secretary Michelle Donelan signed an agreement with the US to collaborate on testing advanced AI models.

Source: BBC

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