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OpenAI Had a Hidden Weapon: Ex-Google Engineers

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In a very few months, the startup behind the viral chatbot ChatGPT and image generator DALL-E had hired more than a dozen former Google workers, The Information reported, citing sources.
Recently, within a very few months, OpenAI the startup behind the viral Chatbot ChatGPT and image generator Dall-E has hired about 12 former Google workers, according to a report. At least five former Google researchers were instrumental in getting the company’s viral chatbot ChatGPT ready to launch in November, a person with knowledge of the matter told the publication.

The researchers Barret Zoph, Liam Fedus, Luke Metz, Jacob Menick, and Rapha Gontijo Lopes were all cited in the acknowledgments section of OpenAI’s blog post announcing the launch of ChatGPT. However, at the time of writing, just two of them Zoph and Metz had updated their LinkedIn profiles to reflect the reported job change.

ChatGPT successfully has till now guided and helped more than a million users. Even it is popular for various hilarious answers it gave to the users. The chatbot’s popularity reportedly pushed Google’s management to declare a “code red” the following month. Two former employees at Google Brain, Alphabet’s AI division, told The Information that some staff felt the culture had become lethargic. The staff cited layers of red tape and too much caution over new product initiatives, leading some workers to look for jobs elsewhere, the publication reported.

Google appears to be engaged in an aggressive race with Microsoft, a prominent investor in OpenAI, to bring new products to market. Google has dominated the search game and now many other competitors like ChatGPT, Bing, etc have enetered the game. So, Google has also announced a similar chatbot named Bard. The two tech giants have both announced plans to incorporate large language models (LLMs) into Bing and Google Search. Bing has already opened the new tech to some users, while Google announced last week its AI search was opening to “trusted testers” before launching more widely.

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