Deepmind founder Mustafa Suleyman sees great potential in AI for mental health


When people talk about AI, it’s usually about productivity and efficiency. Deepmind founder Mustafa Suleyman describes potential emotional benefits in his new book, The Coming Wave.

According to Suleyman, AI can help with mental health. Regardless of background, wealth, or gender, he says, family is a critical factor in a person’s development and well-being.

But AI is at a point where it can provide people with support, encouragement, affirmation, coaching and advice, he said, and could help people who haven’t had a positive family experience.

“We’ve basically taken emotional intelligence and distilled it,” Suleyman said. He believes this could boost the creativity of millions of people.



However, Suleyman stresses that AI is not a replacement for human interaction, but can fill in gaps where humans fall short. AI is a tool for humans to get things done, he says.

The results of a recently published psychological test show that ChatGPT is significantly superior to humans in terms of emotional awareness.

You can’t do AI’s future without dystopia

Of course, in his book, Suleyman also highlights the often-cited potential negative consequences. AI poses risks such as

  • Asymmetric effects (a single hacker can defeat a world power),
  • Hyper-evolution (humanity is exposed to unexplored risks by progressing too fast),
  • Omni-use (AI is everywhere, can be used for good or bad)
  • and Autonomy (similar to Hyper-Evolution, but AI takes control),

which could lead to disasters and therefore require investment in regulation and safety.

In particular, Suleyman expects massive advances in bioengineering. In the future, products and organisms will be grown rather than manufactured, with the precision and scale of today’s computer chip or software production.


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