The Verge: Google will cut even more employees to achieve "ambitious goals"


In 2024, Google will face further cuts to achieve “ambitious goals,” The Verge reports , citing a statement by the company’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai. Among them, he said, are advances in artificial intelligence that Google will invest in this year.

“The reality is that to create the capacity for this investment, we will have to make difficult choices,” the message staff received on the evening of January 17 said. Pichai also said the company will release its 2024 goals in the coming days.

Pichai did not specify how many employees would be cut, but noted that layoffs would not be as large as in 2023. According to The Verge, this time they will affect the hardware, advertising sales, YouTube and other teams. These measures will "simplify execution and increase speed in some areas." 

In early January, Google had already  laid off  hundreds of employees across several divisions. The reductions included employees of departments that work on the Assistant program, equipment and internal software. The co-founders of Fitbit, which produces trackers and smart fitness devices, James Park and Eric Friedman, will also leave the company as part of the reorganization.

In December 2023, Google  announced the launch of what it calls its largest and "most capable" artificial intelligence model, Gemini.

In January 2023, the company  laid off  more than 12 thousand people, or about 6% of its full-time employees. 

Artificial intelligence technologies have been developing for decades, but only in the last few years have neural networks "smartened up" to a level that allows them to be used as assistants or even to replace human labor.

The winners of the Project of the Year 2023 competition are IT leaders from India, Malaysia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Iraq and Brazil. 

The beginning of the year was marked by a flurry of activity by various legislators to deal with artificial intelligence. The New York Times filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, and the UAE created an AI council to accelerate the adoption of AI systems in critical sectors of the economy.

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