Climate change falls down the agenda at A.I. lab DeepMind after energy heads leave
LONDON — Artificial intelligence (AI) lab DeepMind has shifted its focus from climate change to other areas of science and is pursuing its original mission of creating artificial general intelligence (AGI), which is widely seen as the holy grail of the nascent technology, according to several people familiar with the matter.
While DeepMind, acquired by Google in 2014 for $600 million, denies it has shifted its focus, several key climate change researchers that were part of the company’s energy unit have left the company over the last two years, and it has made few climate change-related announcements.
The energy unit, which has attracted its fair share of attention over the years, has vanished and none of the company’s staff mention it on their LinkedIn profiles, based on CNBC analysis. When asked about this, a DeepMind spokesperson said: “Over time we’ve moved away from a narrower focus on domains, and cross-functional teams across DeepMind now contribute to our growing set of climate and sustainability projects.”
They added: “As well as ongoing partnerships with Google to scale the benefits of our energy-saving technology, we have new projects underway in several areas, including more efficient approaches to machine learning.”
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