An indication of where Google’s DeepMind AI research lab is headed can be gleaned from the rapid expansion of its healthcare team which has doubled in size to 40 employees since its launch in February.
According to Business Insider new hires include high fliers such as security and privacy expert Ben Laurie, founding director of the Apache Software Foundation and Tony Corkett, who is best known for helping the NHS digitise X-Ray’s.
In a statement DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman said:"Since we announced DeepMind Health earlier this year, we’ve been inundated with requests and suggestions from patients, nurses, doctors, researchers and Trusts.
"It’s clear there’s massive demand for new technology to help patient care, and many brilliant people across the NHS with practical ideas about how to make it happen.”
Other hires include former Google Maps team leader Andrew Eland who will now oversee DeepMind health’s engineering efforts and Will Cavendish, an ex-civil servant who oversaw NHS online booking and prescription services.