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The co-founder of Google's controversial AI unit DeepMind has reportedly been 'placed' on leave, but it's not clear why (GOOG, GOOGL)

The co-founder of Google's controversial AI unit DeepMind has reportedly been 'placed' on leave, but it's not clear why (GOOG, GOOGL)
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The co-founder of DeepMind, Mustafa Suleyman, has been placed on leave of absence, according to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday.




"Mustafa is taking time out right now after 10 hectic years," a DeepMind spokesperson told Bloomberg.




At the UK-based DeepMind, Suleyman helped build the company's controversial health division, DeepMind Health.




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The co-founder of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence research company acquired by Google in 2014, has been placed on leave, according to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday that raised questions about his role within the controversial group.
The report did not provide any information on the reason that Mustafa Suleyman, the DeepMind co-founder, was put on leave by the company.
A Google spokesperson told Bloomberg that Suleyman was "taking time out right now after 10 hectic years," a phrasing that suggested the leave of absence was voluntary. But the spokesperson did not provide any other comment or directly refute the claim that the executive's hiatus was imposed by Google.
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