March 28, 2024
Google Envisions Job Cuts to Boost AI

Google Envisions Job Cuts to Boost AI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai issued an internal memo on January 17, anticipating the need for additional job cuts in 2024 to meet the company’s “ambitious goals,” particularly in artificial intelligence (AI).

In the memo titled “2024 priorities and the year ahead,” Pichai, as reported by the Verge and CNBC, mentioned, “We have ambitious goals and will be investing in our big priorities this year.” He explained that achieving these goals would involve eliminating roles and simplifying execution for some teams, but the layoffs would not be as extensive as the previous year and “will not touch every team.”

“The reality is that to create the capacity for this investment, we have to make tough choices.”

Pichai also indicated that certain teams would continue making “resource allocation decisions.” In January 2023, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced a 6% reduction in its global workforce, resulting in the layoff of 182,381 employees worldwide by September 2023.

AI is a key focus for Google in 2024, and the company plans to unveil its goals for the year in the coming week.

In December 2023, Google introduced Gemini, its most powerful model to date, initially dubbed a “GPT-4 killer.” However, the model’s reception was mixed, with users claiming promotional material misrepresented its capabilities. Google responded, acknowledging manipulated promotional material for brevity.

Following the launch, Google reduced prices for the pro version of Gemini and expressed intentions to enhance tool accessibility for developers to create personalized versions, akin to ChatGPT’s feature for premium users to craft their GPTs.

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