Vatican names Google AI boss Demis Hassabis to scientific academy

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Vatican names Google AI boss Demis Hassabis to scientific academy
Vatican names Google AI boss Demis Hassabis to scientific academy

The firm and Google Research’s Brain division were combined to establish Google DeepMind last year.

As Pope Francis tries to influence the spread of the technology, the Vatican named Google DeepMind chief scientist Demis Hassabis to its scientific academy on Friday.

The 47-year-old British national was included with Nobel Prize-winning physicists Andrea Ghez and Didier Queloz as specialists elected to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The Vatican Academy was established in 1603, and its focus is on science, technology, medical ethics, and philosophy. Its members are not selected based on their faith.

The 87-year-old Pope Francis issued a six-page letter in December alerting people to the risks posed by artificial intelligence and advocating for an international agreement to guarantee that the technology be applied morally.

In 2010, Hassabis established DeepMind as a start-up in London.

After four years, the US tech behemoth Google purchased it. The firm and Google Research’s Brain division were combined to establish Google DeepMind last year.

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