The launch of ChatGPT a few months ago started with an artificial intelligence arms race among large technology companies. Microsoft THERE has invested billions in Open AI., the company that created ChatGPT, and plans to incorporate its search engine technology into Bing. And the debut of the chatbot was forced Googlewhich has been researching AI for years, to jump into the game and rush to market its own AI product, Bard.
After decades of search dominance, rapid growth has left Google playing the defensive game. The company asked its AI teams last month to “prioritize work on a ChatGPT response.” And the urgency for Google to raise its game is making some employees frustrated about the “hurried” and “failed” notification on its own chatbot now in Beta testing.
In the latest look at the pressure Google is under, newly leaked audio got to Inside The company’s Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has hit back at critics at a company town hall last month, saying the battle for AI dominance is just beginning.
“There are other companies taking shots at us saying we’re late to the market. We’ve missed the AI boat,” Kurian said in the recording. game, and the game is never over in the first minute.”
Kurian further called on employees to work together, and encouraged the workforce working on the company’s AI plans.
“We are committed as an organization to providing the best capabilities in these markets, and I can promise you that our engineers will deliver incredible AI technology to our customers,” said Kurian.
Google did not immediately respond luckThis is a request for comment.
The company is navigating the intense pressure and high stakes of the AI race. Bing, which controls only a fraction of the search market, has a lot to gain from a successful AI search product, while Google has everything to lose.
“We believe that Microsoft aims not only to lower Google’s search margins, but also to prevent Alphabet from running Google Cloud and other businesses at a loss,” wrote an analyst at ARK Invest . on a note earlier this month.
While OpenAI is considered a small company better able to take risks like—releasing a chatbot to the internet at large—Google has to weigh concerns about its reputation and what the problem is with AI. which is released to the public to the detriment of the company.
Its new chatbot, Bard, is currently only available to a limited group of “reliable testers.” And even though Google jumped on board with Bard, the chatbot awkwardly gave incorrect answers during a videotaped demo announcing the product earlier this month, resulting in a $100 billion wiping out the market value from the California-based tech giant.
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