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Google Places DeepMind Top Exec on Mysterious Leave Over AI Health Controversy

Google’s prestigious artificial intelligence (AI) lab DeepMind, best known for its AlphaGo chess software that consistently beat the world’s champion Go players, went through a mysterious management shakeup this week after its co-founder Mustafa Suleyman was placed on indefinite leave.

Without explaining why, Google said on Wednesday that Suleyman “is taking time out right now after 10 hectic years.” A company spokesperson emphasized that the decision was mutual.

In 2016, DeepMind launched a mobile app called Streams that was designed to help doctors identify patients at risk of developing kidney injury.

Google DeepMind Co-Founder Placed on Leave From AI Lab

The co-founder of DeepMind, the high-profile artificial intelligence lab owned by Google, has been placed on leave after controversy over some of the projects he led.

Suleyman is also a key public face for DeepMind, speaking to officials and at events about the promise of AI and the ethical guardrails needed to limit malicious use of the technology.

Four years later, Google bought DeepMind for 400 million pounds (currently $486 million), an ambitious bet on the potential of AI that set off an expensive race in Silicon Valley for specialists in the field.

DeepMind Health’s first product was a mobile app called Streams that was originally designed to help doctors identify patients at risk of developing acute kidney injury.

Founder of London AI lab DeepMind placed on leave

The co-founder of Google's London-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind has been placed on leave amid controversy over some of its work.

In 2017 the Information Commissioner's Office said data from 1.6m patients had been illegally shared with the firm by the Royal Free Hospital, which had been DeepMind's partner in one of its products, a mobile app which helped doctors identify people at risk of acute kidney injury.

The cofounder of Google's AI company DeepMind hit back at 'speculation' over his leave of absence

John Phillips/Stringer/Getty DeepMind cofounder Mustafa Suleyman put out a tweet addressing the questions surrounding his temporary departure from the company.

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