Google in code red alert: the founder intervenes
February 6, 2023
|Google has taken the risk of being replaced by ChatGPT, or other artificial intelligences, so seriously that it has mobilized the highest levels of the company: even Sergey Brin has returned to work
|If there's one thing we all take for granted today, it's the ability, when needed, to do a Google search to get the answers and information we need. Yet, looking closely at how things stand today, we shouldn't take Google's presence in our digital world for granted. Big G, in fact, is facing one of the greatest challenges ever, which even jeopardizes its existence. Needless to say, we are talking about ChatGPT: the now famous generative artificial intelligence capable of creating text and answering questions, in fact, is worrying Google so much that one of the two founders even intervened to address the situation.
|Sergey Brin is, together with Larry Page, the co-founder of Google. Born in 1943 in Moscow but raised in the United States from the age of six, Brin co-created Google Inc with Page in 1998. Then, starting in 2019, both Brin and Page progressively left all operational roles to inside Google to enjoy each other's tens of billions of dollars in assets.
|On January 24, 2022, however, Brin returned to operation and made a request for access to the code of LaMDA, the artificial intelligence that Google presented in 2021, which is very similar in operation to OpenAI's ChatGPT and which, in mid-2022 , caused a sensation because it gave the impression that he might have a conscience.
|The American newspaper Forbes was able to view some screenshots that confirm how Brin is personally at work and is following the development of LaMDA in person once again. This confirms the difficult time for Google and also the fact that the ChatGPT risk is very clear to everyone, up to the highest levels of the company.
Google is on alert
|A month before Sergey Brin's return to his desk, another episode had occurred which suggests how serious the threat ChatGPT is against Google. This indiscretion is reported, this time, by the New York Times which has come into possession of some audio messages in which the current Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, defines the situation with the words "red code".
|Pichai himself, then, would have reassigned tasks and roles in the Google teams that deal with LaMDA and other artificial intelligences "to respond to the danger that ChatGPT represents" for the company.