Google DeepMinder Leaves To Pursue Climate Change Venture by Forbes – Entrepreneurs

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Demis Hassabis, chief executive officer and cofounder of DeepMind © 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP

Research engineer Jack Kelly announced this week that he has leftGoogle DeepMind to set up a non-profit product development lab that will aim to come up with climate change combating technologies.

DeepMind is widely regarded as being at the forefront of AI research, along with Facebook’s FAIR group, and a couple of other players. The London-headquartered firm, which employs an army of more than 700 people in offices around the world, boasts a very low staff turnover rate. Back in early 2016, DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis told The Guardian that no one had ever left DeepMind. However, Kelly is one of two Google DeepMinders that announced new ventures this week. Elsewhere, DeepMind research scientist Edward Grefenstette said that he has joined the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) group after four years at DeepMind.

“I’m terrified by climate change, and I’m increasingly convinced that climate change mitigation is a ‘go big or go home’ thing,” Kelly wrote in a blog post published on Monday.

Kelly added: “The non-profit will combine ideas from open-science and startup culture, and will focus on interventions which are practical and scalable.” 

The venture is at the very early stages and it does not yet have a name, funding, or a website.

Kelly says his focus will be on cutting CO2 emissions by at least one million tonnes per year, and “hopefully billions of tonnes per year.”

All the research will be open-sourced. 


January 11, 2019 at 10:08PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs