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‘London will soon become an AI superpower’: Microsoft launches promising AI hub in Paddington

London is cementing the UK’s status as a global AI superpower, all thanks to Microsoft’s latest tech hub.

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Tech giant Microsoft is all set to launch a new artificial intelligence hub in London. The new office, based at 2 Kingdom Street in Paddington Central, forms part of Microsoft’s £2.5 billion investment plans for the UK – which also includes bringing up to 20,000 advanced graphic processing units (GPUs) to the country by the year 2026.

The hub will be helmed by British tech entrepreneur Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google DeepMind and Inflection AI, and run by AI scientist Jordan Hoffmann. Although Microsoft stated that it would be advertising roles for engineers and scientists to work on the most “challenging AI questions of our time” in the coming months, it did not specify exactly how many jobs the initiative would create.

“There is an enormous pool of AI talent and expertise in the UK, and Microsoft AI plans to make a significant, long-term investment in the region as we begin hiring the best AI scientists and engineers into this new AI hub,” Suleyman wrote in a recent blog post.

“As a British citizen, born and raised in London, I’m proud to have co-founded and built a cutting-edge AI business here,” he continued. “I know that the country is committed to advancing AI responsibly and with a safety-first commitment to drive investment, innovation and economic growth. Our decision to open this hub in the UK reflects this ambition.” 

When Westminster World interviewed Londoners at Paddington, they admitted that the initiative would undoubtedly help boost the UK’s status as a global AI superpower. “With its strong academic institutions, diverse talent pool, and thriving tech ecosystem, London has the potential to lead AI innovation at the global stage,” said 28-year-old Alma. “Microsoft’s decision to establish an AI hub in London is a significant vote of confidence in the city’s capabilities.” 

Meanwhile, software engineer Joe said that the initiative not only showcases London’s attractiveness as a hub for tech investment but also highlights the potential for collaboration and growth in the AI sector. “It could also attract other tech companies and startups to the area, further enhancing London’s reputation as a global tech hub,” he added. 

In 2023, ChatGPT maker Open AI launched its first international flagship office in London while generative AI company C3.ai shifted its European headquarters from Paris to London. 

Interview by: Sumanjali Mummana