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Google merges its DeepMind and Brain research teams

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Alphabet’s Google has consolidated its artificial intelligence research groups into one unit, the latest move by the company to avoid being left behind in the AI ​​race.

CEO Sundar Pichai Turns Brain Team Into a Team From Google Research and Alphabet’s DeepMind said in a blog post on Thursday. “Combining all this talent into one focused team, backed by Google’s computational resources, will greatly accelerate our progress in AI,” Pichai said. Demis Hassabis will lead the group as DeepMind’s CEO.

Jeff Dean, the executive who led Google’s artificial intelligence and research efforts, will step out of management as part of the reorganization, according to two people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. There were internal issues. In his new role as Google’s chief scientist, Dean will work with both Google Research and DeepMind to develop new, more capable AI systems and will not oversee larger teams, the people said. He will report directly to Pichai.

Alphabet’s DeepMind, based in London, has long been known as a Google parent company unit that regularly touts artificial intelligence breakthroughs, including its work on Alphafold, technology that predicts the shape of proteins. Maybe, as well as AlphaGo, software that teaches itself to play strategy games better than any human on Earth. Internally, the unit is seen as a typical group that works on artificial intelligence concepts that may not have direct application in Google products.

Meanwhile, Google Research was responsible for the “Transformer” technology, the key building block for the larger language model. That technology is shared by Google’s Bard and OpenAI Inc. powers the current crop of chatbots, including K’s ChatGPT.

Now, Google’s reorganization appears to consolidate that research work under one umbrella, Google DeepMind, indicating tighter integration with the rest of Alphabet. During Alphabet’s fourth-quarter earnings report in FebruaryThe company announced that earlier this year, DeepMind would be included in Alphabet’s corporate costs to reflect how the technology was being incorporated into other businesses – rather than as “other bets” investments with less immediate impact. As part of the category, Alphabet said.

James Manica, Google’s senior vice president of technology and society, will take over as head of Google Research, Pichai said in his note. The unit aims to continue its work on areas such as privacy and security, quantum computing, health, climate and responsible AI. Manika also expanded her scope while being a Google executive clay bower Left earlier this year, to assume responsibility for the emerging technology projects that Bauer had previously overseen.

Some of Google’s efforts to push out generative AI products to compete with the success of OpenAI have left employees frustrated, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, Employees have said that the Mountain View, California-based company is settling on misinformation and other damages to capitalize on the runaway success of ChatGPT.