Last updated: April 21, 2023, 6:25 AM IST
Alphabet Inc is combining Google Brain and DeepMind as it doubles down on artificial intelligence research in its race to compete with rival systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
The new division will be led by Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, and its creation will ensure “bold and responsible development of general AI,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, said in a blog post Thursday.
Alphabet said the teams being combined have delivered a number of high-profile projects, including the Transformer, technology that has formed the basis of some of OpenAI’s own work.
In the future, Alphabet employees will work on “multimodal” AI, such as OpenAI’s latest model GPT-4, which can respond not only to text prompts, but also to image input and to generate new content.
Google has dominated the search market for decades, with more than 80 percent share, but Wall Street fears the Alphabet unit could fall behind Microsoft Corp in the fast-moving AI race. Technology from OpenAI, funded by Microsoft, powers the rival software maker’s updated Bing search engine.
Alphabet announced the launch of Bard in February to also address ChatGPT. It lost $100 billion in value on Feb. 8 after Bard shared false information in a promotional video and failed to dazzle a corporate event.
Alphabet shares rose 2 percent on Thursday.
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