Google Brain merges with DeepMind
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is doubling down on artificial intelligence (AI) research by integrating two of its most notable units: Google Brain and DeepMind. The move comes as the firm prepares to compete in the quickly growing AI market with competing systems such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
The new business will be overseen by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis and will focus on the “bold and responsible development of general AI,” according to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai emphasized the importance of this move in strengthening the company’s research capabilities and assuring its continuing leadership in the field of AI in a blog post on Thursday.
The united teams have already completed a number of high-profile projects, including the transformer, a technology that serves as the foundation for some of OpenAI’s own work. In the future, Alphabet’s united teams will prioritize the creation of “multimodal” AI, akin to OpenAI’s most recent model, GPT-4. This form of AI may produce fresh material by responding not just to text cues but also to visual inputs.
Despite Google’s dominance in the search business, with a market share of more than 80%, Wall Street is afraid that Alphabet may slip behind Microsoft in the AI race. The technology underpinning the improved Bing search engine is provided by OpenAI, which is financed by Microsoft.