Inflection AI, the new artificial intelligence start-up from DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, has secured $225 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
The funding, first reported by TechCrunch, has been raised at an undisclosed valuation and it's not clear who the investors are at this stage. It's likely that a large chunk of the funding will be used to hire AI experts that can command high salaries. Inflection did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.
The company, founded earlier this year, wants to develop AI software products that make it easier for humans to communicate with computers.
"If you think about the history of computing, we have always been trying to reduce the complexity of our ideas in order to communicate them to a machine," Suleyman told CNBC at the time of the launch in March. "Even when we write a search query, we're simplifying, we're reducing or we're writing in shorthand so that the search engine can understand what we want."
When humans want to control a computer, they need to learn a programming language in order to provide instructions, he added, or use a mouse to navigate and engage with things on the screen. "All of these are ways we simplify our ideas and reduce their complexity and in some ways their creativity and their uniqueness in order to get a machine to do something," Suleyman said.