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Dr Demis Hassabis knighted for his services to AI

Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Google-owned AI firm DeepMind, has been knighted on the recommendation of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Sunak, who has an expressed desire for the UK to be a key player in AI regulation, recommended the honours to King Charles.

“Delighted and honoured to receive a Knighthood for services to AI,” Sir Hassabis said on platform X. “It’s been an incredible journey so far building @GoogleDeepMind over the past 15 years, helping accelerate the field and grow the UK & global AI ecosystems. Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream possible!”

Sir Demis Hassabis was previously a member of the AI Council, an industry body appointed by the UK’s Government to promote adoption of the technology.

DeepMind created the revolutionary AlphaFold programme that depicts protein structures and could allow for the development of new medicines.

Last year, Sir Hassabis was among the industry experts to sign a statement saying that “mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority”.

He is a British computer scientist, artificial intelligence researcher and entrepreneur. In 2017 he was appointed a CBE and listed in the Time 100 most influential people list. He was born to a Greek Cypriot father and a Chinese Singaporean mother and grew up in North London.

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