The CEO of both Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, announced that the two firms will merge to form a distinct business entity that will be entirely dedicated to the construction of the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) breakthroughs and products.
This business entity would be known as Alphabet Inc.
The Brain team from Google Research and DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company based in London that Google purchased in 2014, came together to establish Google DeepMind.
DeepMind was Google’s first acquisition in the field of artificial intelligence.
The newly founded business organization’s major mission is to facilitate the prudent and risk-free acceleration of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) within the company in a manner that is accountable for its growth.
To “significantly accelerate our progress in AI,” Pichai has created a plan that entails combining all of Google’s AI specialists into a single team.
Jeff Dean, who is now the Chief Scientist of Google Research and Google DeepMind, will serve as Sundar Pichai’s immediate supervisor.
Sundar Pichai will get direct reports from Jeff Dean, who has been tasked with developing several potent, multimodal AI models. Jeff Dean will report to Sundar Pichai.
Pichai clarified the intention behind the establishment of the AI-focused unit in response to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s assessment of AI’s destructive potential:
“To ensure the bold and responsible development of general AI, we’re creating a unit that will help us build more capable systems more safely and responsibly.”
Although it has been disclosed that the subsequent AI advancements will be used to enhance Google products, specific implementation details remain unclear as of this writing.
A recent survey of 11,004 U.S. citizens revealed widespread apprehension regarding an AI workplace takeover.
56 % of respondents believed that AI would have a significant impact on the U.S. economy, while only 13 % believed “AI will benefit American workers more than harm them.”