DeepMind’s Co-Founder Predicts a Technological Shift

Mustafa Suleyman of DeepMind Outlines a Revolutionary AI Future.

A fundamental shift is on the horizon in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Mustafa Suleyman, one of the founding fathers of DeepMind, looks beyond the current hype of generative AI tools like ChatGPT and envisions the future in “Interactive Artificial Intelligence.”

In 2014, DeepMind, then an emerging AI startup, made headlines when it was acquired by Google for an impressive sum of 500 million US dollars. Mustafa Suleyman, one of the creative minds behind DeepMind, sees the development of AI as an evolutionary advancement – not just for technology, but for our species as well. In his opinion, we are on the cusp of a crucial breakthrough.

“In the early stages, AI was mainly about classifications,” explained Suleyman. Using deep learning techniques, machines were trained to categorize different data – from images to speech. But now, in this second phase, we are witnessing how AIs can not only interpret but also generate data . Yet, Suleyman is already looking ahead: “The next step will be the interactive age of AI. I am convinced that our interaction with technology in the future will mainly be through conversations. Imagine, instead of clicking and typing, we could simply talk to our technology.”

Such a scenario would mean that people could delegate tasks to AIs by simply speaking to them – whether placing an order, gathering information, or even commissioning more complex services. It would be an era where technology is not just reactive, but proactive, possessing its own “agency.”

However, such advancements also come with concerns. What if these autonomous systems get out of control? Suleyman and his team at DeepMind were aware of these risks early on and worked on safety measures. One concept was the “big red button,” a kind of emergency stop for AIs, to prevent catastrophic decisions.

“It is essential that we set clear boundaries and ensure that the interests of AI always align with ours,” Suleyman emphasized.

In an age where technology is increasingly intertwined with our daily lives, Suleyman’s predictions might give us a hint of where the journey is heading. Whether his vision of interactive AI becomes a reality remains to be seen.