Following the launch of OpenAI’s writing tool, Alphabet, the company that owns Google, requested assistance from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to The New York Times.
The November 30 launch of ChatGPT has raised internal questions about Google’s search engine’s continued hegemony. In December, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai convened meetings to discuss the business’s AI strategy. After the AI bot quickly gained popularity, the company declared a “code red.”
More than three years after Page and Brin left their executive positions, Pichai called them as a result, according to The Times. On Alphabet’s board, the co-founders are still present.
According to the story, Page and Brin approved plans to include more chatbot elements in Google’s search engine at “multiple” meetings with employees last month to discuss Google’s AI.
Unnamed source informed the publication that Page and Brin had not been heavily involved with the business’s operations since 2019 and had only stopped by the company’s Silicon Valley offices to check in on its “moonshot” initiatives.
The co-founders had long been interested in AI, according to Vic Gundotra, a former senior vice president at Google, who spoke to The Times. When a new Gmail function was introduced in 2008, Page reportedly expressed displeasure, asking: “Why can’t it automatically write that email for you?”
We continue to test our AI technology internally to ensure it is beneficial and secure. We look forward to sharing more experiences externally soon, and an Alphabet representative told The Times.
A request for comment from Insider has yet to receive a response from the business.
Insider’s Thomas Maxwell identified 12 significant players working on the technologies required to counter the threat posed by ChatGPT as Google grew more concerned about it.
According to Insider, the chatbot speeds up the search process and gains one million users in just five days. Additionally, it can perform challenging jobs like authoring a children’s book, answering Hinge matches, creating cover letters, and even providing career guidance.
Concerns about false information also arose in the craze surrounding the chatbot. AI experts informed insiders that it could not verify facts independently and couldn’t tell the difference between fact and falsehood. According to Bloomberg, it can also elicit sexist and racist replies.
On Friday, Google made significant job cuts, removing 12,000 positions. Pichai said he accepted “full responsibility for the decisions that brought us here” in an email to the team.