Playing catch up in A.I., Google merges its DeepMind and Brain research teams in an effort to ‘significantly accelerate’ progress
Google consolidated its AI research groups to keep ahead. Sundar Pichai announced the combination of Google Research's Brain team and Alphabet's DeepMind in a Thursday blog post. “Combining all this talent into one focused team, backed by Google's computational resources, will significantly accelerate our AI progress,” Pichai said. Demis Hassabis leads DeepMind.
According to two anonymous sources, Jeff Dean, who leads artificial intelligence and research at Google, will step down from his management role as a result of the reorganization. According to the people, Google's new head scientist, Dean, will collaborate with Google Research and DeepMind to develop more advanced AI systems, but he will not be responsible for supervising huge teams. He'll response to Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai.
DeepMind, which is situated in London and owned by Alphabet, often releases new artificial intelligence technologies such as AlphaFold, which predicts the structures of proteins, and AlphaGo, which is superior to humans at the game of Go. There is a possibility that Google products do not adhere to the conventional ideas of artificial intelligence.
The "transformer" technology was developed by Google Research for use with huge language models. It is utilized by the Google Bard chatbot as well as OpenAI Inc.'s ChatGPT chatbot. Google's restructuring will consolidate such research under Google DeepMind, suggesting a stronger relationship with Alphabet. DeepMind was moved from "Other Bets" to corporate spending by Alphabet in February. James Manyika, Google's senior VP of technology and society, will manage Google Research, Pichai announced. The team will prioritize privacy, security, quantum computing, health, climate, and responsible AI. Manyika took over Clay Bavor's emerging tech projects early this year.
Google's rush to produce generative AI products to compete with OpenAI discouraged workers, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Workers say Mountain View, California's search giant is compromising on disinformation and other harms to catch up to ChatGPT's amazing success.