Google DeepMind Scientists Said to Be in Talks to Leave and Form AI Startup

DeepMind scientists have held discussions with potential investors about a financing round that may exceed EUR 200 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crore).

Google DeepMind Scientists Said to Be in Talks to Leave and Form AI Startup

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Laurent Sifre was a co-author of the seminal DeepMind research on Go in 2016

  • Two DeepMind scientists at Google could be planning on leaving the firm
  • The duo could soon leave DeepMind and form their own AI firm
  • The new AI venture might be focussed on developing an AI model

A pair of scientists at Google DeepMind, the Alphabet artificial intelligence division, have been talking with investors about forming an AI startup in Paris, according to people familiar with the conversations. The team has held discussions with potential investors about a financing round that may exceed EUR 200 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crore) — a large sum, even for the buzzy field of AI, the people said. Laurent Sifre, who has been working as a scientist at DeepMind, is in talks to form the company, known at the moment as Holistic, with fellow DeepMind scientist Karl Tuyls, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing private information. They said the venture may be focused on building a new AI model.

Sifre and Tuyls didn't respond to multiple requests for comment. A DeepMind representative declined to comment on the startup plans. The two have given notice to leave the company, a person familiar with the situation said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Sifre was a co-author of the 2016 DeepMind research on Go, a seminal work that showed a computer system beating masters of the ancient game for the first time, which sparked an international frenzy over AI. Tuyls has worked on research into game theory and multi-agent reinforcement learning, a branch of AI that explores interactions between autonomous actors, often through video games.

Both Sifre and Tuyls are widely considered leaders in their field, and the unusually large financing round being discussed is further evidence of strong investor interest in the technology. That's particularly true in France, where venture capitalists and business tycoons have poured funds into startups emerging from Parisian universities and the AI hubs of Silicon Valley firms.

Mistral AI, an OpenAI rival whose chief executive officer also worked for DeepMind, formed in early 2023 and had raised two sizable rounds by the year's end to earn a valuation around $2 billion (roughly Rs. 16,600). Kyutai, a nonprofit AI research lab, was formed in November with EUR 300 (roughly Rs. 2,700 crore) million in initial funding.

The new French startup under discussion is different from Holistic AI, an enterprise software business based in London.

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