Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the formation of a new business unit, Google DeepMind, dedicated to advancing the development of next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) breakthroughs and products. The unit is a merger between Google Research’s Brain team and DeepMind, a London-based AI firm acquired by Google in 2014.
The primary objective of the restructuring is to accelerate the company’s progress in AI research and development while maintaining a focus on safety and responsibility. By consolidating Google’s AI talent into a single, unified team, Pichai aims to “significantly accelerate our progress in AI.” Jeff Dean, Chief Scientist at Google Research and Google DeepMind, will be responsible for building a series of powerful, multimodal AI models and will report directly to Pichai.
We’re proud to announce that DeepMind and the Brain team from @Google Research will become a new unit: 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱.
Together, we'll accelerate progress towards a world where AI can help solve the biggest challenges facing humanity. → https://t.co/2pkooMzUvD
— DeepMind (@DeepMind) April 20, 2023
In light of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s concerns about AI’s potential to destabilize civilization, Pichai emphasized the importance of responsible development in creating the AI-focused unit. He stated, “To ensure the bold and responsible development of general AI, we’re creating a unit that will help us build more capable systems more safely and responsibly.”
"A.I. has the potential of civilizational destruction."
— Elon Musk @elonmusk
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While it has been confirmed that the resulting AI advancements will be utilized to enhance Google products, the specifics of their implementation have yet to be disclosed.
A recent survey of 11,004 American citizens highlighted significant apprehensions about the potential impact of AI on the workforce. Of the respondents, 56% believed that AI would have a major impact on the U.S. economy, while only 13% felt that “AI will help more than hurt” American workers.”