Vatican Names Google AI Boss To Scientific Academy

The Vatican named Demis Hassabis, the head of Google DeepMind, to its scientific academy on Friday, as Pope Francis aims to influence the technology’s future development.

The 47-year-old Briton was named to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences with physicists Andrea Ghez and Didier Queloz, who have won Nobel prizes.

Founded in 1603, the academy is a Vatican institution that studies science, technology, medical ethics, and philosophy. Its members are not picked for religious reasons.

Pope Francis, 87, issued a six-page speech in December warning of the dangers of AI and advocating for a global treaty to ensure the technology is used ethically.

Hassabis established DeepMind as a start-up in London in 2010.

Four years later, it was acquired by US tech behemoth Google, which last year merged it with Google Research’s Brain section to create Google DeepMind.

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