Google is an incredible company, on top of it all their R&D in artificial intelligence has been pretty much legendary since they acquired DeepMind in 2014. They’ve been for the last decade more or less the most dominant A.I. company in the world. But is their time nearly over?
Now nearly ten years later The Information has reported that the Google Brain AI team is working with Deepmind on an alternative to OpenAI’s GPT-4. Work on the Gemini project is said to have begun in recent weeks after Google’s Bard failed to keep up with ChatGPT and is known internally as Gemini.
While Google could have used DeepMind’s Sparrow as a ChatGPT competitor that went ahead with Bard even after warnings from their own employees. The reality is that Google Brain has lost a lot of talent in recent years.
Angry Google employees ridiculed CEO Sundar Pichai on internal message boards over the tech giant’s botched handling of a crucial rollout for its “Bard” AI chatbot in February, 2023. Since the arrival of ChatGPT in November, 2022 Google has not looked that great. The reality is a lot of clout and Search advertising revenue is on the line if Google is unable to keep up with OpenAI and Microsoft.
Much like Elon Musk with a recent petition, while he as actually starting his own OpenAI competitor, Google has been doing some PR of the Sam Altman contrasting variety. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai hinted that society isn’t prepared for the rapid advancement of AI.
May’s Google I/O event is quickly approaching and it may be one of the most eventful in years. Google will release new AI-powered search tools next month, with even more features coming in the fall, reports The New York Times. Google I/O 2023 is on May 10th, 2023 or roughly about three weeks from now.
The World is Not Ready
CEO Sundar Pichai said “every product of every company” will be impacted by the quick development of AI, warning that society needs to prepare for technologies like the ones it’s already launched.
How will Google respond to the extraordinary pressure brought upon it by the successful collaboration between OpenAI and Microsoft and the popularity of ChatGPT?
Don’t ask Sundar Pichai quite yet.
It’s hard to fully tell what is coming.
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