Sina Technology News Beijing time on the morning of February 13, it is reported that recently, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who has already withdrawn from daily management, asked to access Google's internal software code for the first time in several years. The co-founder has been alarmed by the fierce competition in artificial intelligence.
In 2019, Brin completely resigned from the management position of Google's parent company Alphabet, leaving Sandal Pichai in charge. On Jan. 14, Brin applied internally to Google to see the code and data, called "LaMDA", used to train Google's natural language chat robot.
"LaMDA" is an acronym for "language model of dialogue application software". This model can analyze human language and identify the instruction information contained in it. Google first revealed the existence of such an artificial intelligence product in 2021 and released a beta version to the public last year.
A few months ago, OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence company, launched ChatGPT, a product that can mimic the recognition of human language, communicate with humans in a dialogue, and write articles or emails. The "high IQ" of ChatGPT has randomly attracted attention and spread news on the Internet, and this huge response has prompted Google management to pay more attention to its artificial intelligence research and development activities.
Last week, Pichai released ChatGPT's competitive product, Bard, which relies on the LaMDA language model behind this tool.
The release of ChatGPT is a wake-up call within Google. In December, Pichai reportedly called Brin and another co-founder, Larry Page, to talk about it.
Later, Page and Brin, who are still on the board of Alphabet, held a number of meetings with company executives to discuss Google's artificial intelligence development strategy. The meeting approved plans to integrate more artificial intelligence conversation robots into Google's web search engine.
After Brin applied to view the code, Google made "technical changes" internally. Surprisingly, Google employees don't welcome Brin to check the code. One Google employee commented, "Please solve the problems at Google first," while another employee said, "you need to communicate with us before you view the code."
The "Google problems" mentioned by the above-mentioned employees may refer to Google's recent major layoffs. Last month, Google announced that it would lay off 6% of its employees worldwide.
Brin's rare visit to Google's internal code shows that Google undoubtedly feels a stronger sense of urgency in the face of ChatGPT's standing out in the artificial intelligence market.
Microsoft, Google's rival in web search, quickly partnered with OpenAI. Last week, the company announced a new version of Bing search, which integrates the functions of ChatGPT, and Microsoft even declared that "the new Bing will be more powerful than ChatGPT."
Google did not comment on the news that co-founder Brin had access to the internal code.
Responsible editor: Liu Liangliang
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