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Plot independence! DeepMind was already deeply distrustful of Google

via:快科技     time:2021/9/22 9:07:54     readed:68

As for DeepMind, I believe you have heard of it. AlphaGo is their masterpiece in the field of AI Go.

Although it was acquired by Google seven years ago, DeepMind has never had its eye on the company and has repeatedly plotted to go it alone.

DeepMind held another round of separation talks with Google in April, but the talks failed again after both sides were unhappy with the terms offered.

In fact, the two sides of the seeds of disagreement and suspicion, long before the acquisition has been sown.


When Google acquired DeepMind in 2014, Hassabis argued that DeepMind's independence as a top research organisation should be fully guaranteed, and that sensitive business data, such as healthcare, should not be linked to Google accounts, products or services at any stage.

To that end, DeepMind led the two companies to sign an "ethics and safety review agreement" before the acquisition was completed, preventing Google from unilaterally controlling DeepMind's intellectual property.

Under the 2014 deal, all DeepMind employees, including the CEO role, could decide whether to stay or leave after the acquisition. But when DeepMind's 75 early employees arrived at Google, the company began to renege on that promise and defer the founders' earnings for two years to protect its own interests.

The bottom line, which Google had agreed to fully guarantee DeepMind's independence, has been loosened over time.

In November 2018, Google announced the creation of its own healthcare division, Google Health.

Then, without giving DeepMind sufficient warning or support, Google announced that Google Health would swallow up its medical division.

Google's move angered DeepMind Health's employees, many of whom left before and after the merger.

The remaining DeepMind Health employees worry that Google will use the same approach to other DeepMind projects, such as AGI (general artificial intelligence), which DeepMind regards as its core technology.

So, eight months after AlphaGo's spectacular defeat of Lee Sedol, DeepMind's leaders formally told employees for the first time that they planned to split from Google.

In fact, Google, as a commercial company, is bound to make compromises for various interests. After all, a company like DeepMind, which has already made a lot of progress in ARTIFICIAL intelligence, is hard to come by.


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