UK government invited Google DeepMind exec to critical coronavirus meeting

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Google Deepmind head Demis Hassabis speaks during a press conference ahead of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul on March 8, 2016.

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The U.K. government invited DeepMind co-founder and CEO Demis Hassabis to attend a meeting of the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) on March 18, around the time officials were considering a lockdown. 

DeepMind is an artificial intelligence (AI) lab that was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million ($500 million). Today it sits under parent company Alphabet and is a sister company to Google.

Hassabis was invited to the Sage meeting by Patrick Vallance, who is also the government’s chief scientific advisor. His attendance, reported by The Guardian, has got people asking questions. Namely, what was the leader of an American-owned AI firm doing at a top-secret government

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