#OnTheShouldersOf Demis Hassabis

Published October 6, 2023   |   
Susanna Myrtle Lazarus

Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis is a British artificial intelligence researcher and entrepreneur, a name synonymous with the cutting-edge advancement of artificial intelligence. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a British AI company acquired by Google in 2014.

He pursued a Ph.D. at University College London (UCL), where he worked on reinforcement learning. His groundbreaking work during this time laid the foundation for his later achievements.

In 2010, Hassabis co-founded DeepMind Technologies, an AI company with the ambitious mission to “solve intelligence and then use that to solve everything else”. The company quickly became known for its deep learning, neural networks, and reinforcement learning research. Their algorithms achieved impressive feats, such as beating human champions in complex games like Go and achieving unprecedented performance improvements in natural language processing tasks. One of DeepMind’s most famous achievements came in 2016, when their AlphaGo program defeated the world champion Go player, Lee Sedol. This victory was a significant milestone in AI, as Go is an immensely complex game that requires intuition and strategic thinking.

He has received prestigious awards such as the Royal Society’s Mullard Award and the Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Hassabis has been an inspirational figure for aspiring AI researchers and entrepreneurs worldwide. His journey from a child prodigy in chess to a leading figure in AI research and entrepreneurship is a testament to the power of dedication, intellect, and a visionary outlook.