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It came almost 12 months after Google combined two key AI groups, DeepMind and Google Brain. Google's AI MVPGoogle DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis GoogleDemis Hassabis might be the most important person at Google right now. Then, in April last year, Pichai announced he would merge DeepMind with Google's in-house AI unit, known as Brain, into a supergroup named Google DeepMind. Reid reports directly to Raghavan, the ads and search senior vice president, and is shepherding a dramatic transition of Google Search. Fears of chatbots eating into Google's search dominance have yet to be realized, giving Google time to reinvent its most hallowed product.
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AdvertisementSo who is Larry Page and how did he get to where he is today? AdvertisementPage and Sergey Brin create GoogleGoogle co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page met as students at Stanford. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has developed self-driving cars through Waymo, the company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car project. Page's personal lifeGoogle cofounder Larry Page and his wife, the scientist Lucinda Southworth C Flanigan/FilmMagicThroughout it all, Page has kept information about his personal life closely guarded. Life after GoogleGoogle cofounder Larry Page bought Cayo Norte, an island in Puerto Rico.
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"How does leadership plan to address these concerns and regain the trust, morale and cohesion that have been foundational to our company's success?" "Despite the company's stellar performance and record earnings, many Googlers have not received meaningful compensation increases" a top-rated employee question read. Google's use of cashThere were a lot of employee questions ahead of last week's meeting directed at the company's buyback, Porat said. With respect to the decline in morale brought up by employees, Pichai said "leadership has a lot of responsibility here, adding that "it's an iterative process." CNBC reported last week that Google is laying off at least 200 employees from its "Core" organization, which includes key teams and engineering talent.
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Mark Zuckerberg is California's richest billionaire, with a net worth of $177 billion, per Forbes. AdvertisementMark Zuckerberg is now the richest billionaire in California, with a net worth of $177 billion, a new Forbes report said. The report, which maps out the richest billionaire in each state for 2024, said the Meta CEO overtook Google cofounder Larry Page as the Golden State's richest person. AdvertisementZuckerberg's net worth placed him behind Texas' richest person, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who took the title in Florida. The 54 billionaires researched by Forbes for the report were together worth $1.6 trillion, $100 billion more than in 2023, the outlet said.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, , Larry Page, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos Organizations: Forbes, Service, Meta, Golden, Amazon, Business Locations: California, Meta, Texas, Florida, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Tahoe, Kauai, Hawaii
Alphabet said Thursday that it's issuing a 20-cent per share dividend, the company's first ever, and that its board authorized the repurchase of up to $70 billion in stock. The dividend is payable to all class of shares, including super-voting Class B shareholders, as well as nonvoting Class C shareholders. Co-founder Sergey Brin, who owns more than 730 million Class B and C shares, will receive a $146 million payout. Co-founder Larry Page, who owns 389 million Class B shares, will get a dividend payment of $78 million. Amazon's largest share repurchase, in 2022, was for up to $10 billion.
Persons: Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Sergey Brin, Larry Page Organizations: Google, Investors, Meta, Amazon Locations: Washington ,
Now the California-based startup is attempting to make asteroid mining a reality. That makes AstroForge the only company with a refinery that can turn M-type asteroids into PGMs in space, he adds. Some in the scientific community are skeptical that the private sector will be able to afford asteroid mining. Its all-or-nothing, lower-cost approach may help push asteroid mining closer to reality. “I hope if nothing else,” Gialich says, “we’re known as a space company that went for it.”
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But increasingly, the algorithms that undergird our digital lives are making questionable decisions that enrich the powerful and wreck the lives of average people. There's no reason to be scared of AI making decisions for you in the future — computers have already been doing so for quite some time. As human control diminished, the real-world consequences of these algorithms have piled up: Instagram's algorithm has been linked to a mental-health crisis in teenage girls. AdvertisementAcross the public and private sectors, we've handed the keys to a spiderweb of algorithms built with little public insight into how they make their decisions. While generative AI is just the newest extension of the algorithm, it poses a unique threat.
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Today, the emergence of huge AI models is turning this book-scanning debate on its head. So it's safe to interpret this comment as a yes: Google will use this data to train future AI models. Developers versus corporate customersThe internet giant treats information shared with its AI models and services differently, depending on the offering. It's probably why some big companies have sent around warnings again recently prohibiting employees from sharing sensitive data with AI models. Prompt data controlsHere are some other important tips for controlling how Google uses any prompts you submit to its AI models.
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He observed the fall of Google's open culture and its impact on Google's product. His controversial memo questioning Google's diversity practices noted that "Google's political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety." Rather than reaffirm Google's culture of open questioning and psychological safety by actively challenging Damore's assertions, leadership fired Damore and ended the discussion. Google leadership did further damage to the company's open culture following employee protests of military contracts and executives' alleged sexual harassment. AdvertisementThe closing of Google's open culture harmed the product.
Persons: David Kiferbaum, , Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, James Damore, Damore, Sundar, TGIF, what's Organizations: Google, Big Technology, Service, CNN
Sergey Brin once hosted a bizarre baby shower featuring oversize diapers and adult onesies. Brin, who stepped back from Alphabet in 2019, has returned to help shape Google's AI strategy. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementGoogle cofounder Sergey Brin once hosted a bizarre baby shower where guests wore oversized diapers and adult-sized onesies.
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Sergey Brin says Google "definitely messed up" with Gemini's image generation. The Google cofounder says he came out of retirement because of AI's "exciting" trajectory. AdvertisementGoogle cofounder Sergey Brin has weighed in on the company's Gemini drama. Speaking at San Francisco's AGI House, Brin said the company had "definitely messed up on the image generation." Since then, Brin has been spotted at Google's Silicon Valley headquarters and has been directly involved with developing the company's AI strategy.
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Brin, 50, spoke to entrepreneurs on Saturday at the "AGI House" in Hillsborough, California, just south of San Francisco, where developers and founders were testing Google's Gemini model. He also commented on the flawed launch last month of Google's image generator, which the company pulled after users discovered historical inaccuracies and questionable responses. Brin was also asked how online advertising will be disrupted considering ad revenue is core to Google's business. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images“I of all people am not too terribly concerned about business model shifts,” Brin said. Beyond AI, Brin was asked about Google's difficulties in hardware given recent advancements in virtual reality.
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Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and other CEOs and celebs are at a wedding pre-party in India this weekend. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . The centibillionaire's grip on domestic commerce makes him a powerful partner for Western companies trying to break into the Indian market. Vital growth frontierUS executives are eager to cozy up to Ambani and Reliance because they see dollar signs when they look at India.
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How Google lost its way
  + stars: | 2024-02-29 | by ( Hugh Langley | Lara O'Reilly | )   time to read: +17 min
Just two months after Google launched Gemini, its flashy new AI model, the company revealed that it had already built a better version. AdvertisementThen, days later, Google scrambled to explain why its image generation tool spit out racially inaccurate depictions of historical figures. Users have long bemoaned — and researchers recently found — a decline in the quality of Google Search results. The fact that Google is not far and away the self-driving-car leader, it's, like, a total joke," the former Google director said, adding that the problem of Google's lost supremacy is "maybe impossible to solve, frankly." Google now is reminiscent of the Steve Ballmer-era Microsoft, which missed the smartphone, search, and cloud waves and was overtaken by Apple, Google, and Amazon.
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The Google Gemini conspiracy theory
  + stars: | 2024-02-28 | by ( Alistair Barr | )   time to read: +4 min
Google had to pull parts of its fancy Gemini AI model after it spat out inaccurate images and text. To catch you up: Google had to pull part of its fancy new Gemini AI model after it spat out inaccurate pictures, including depicting Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as Asian. One theory is that Googlers are too woke and their biases have infected what could be a powerful and useful AI model. AdvertisementIs this Google future? Probably not as profitable revenue as Google Search, but that's still a lot.
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Read previewSince its inception, Google has had a mission statement that is now practically enshrined as lore: "To organize the world's information and make it accessible and useful." Its AI, critics say, risks suppressing information instead by being too "woke." AdvertisementGoogle's AI troublesGoogle has more than 90% of the search market, giving it dominant control over the world's information flow online. Advertisement"The original mission was to index all the world's information. In a blog published Friday, Google vice-president Prabhakar Raghavan acknowledged some of the images Gemini generated turned out to be "inaccurate or even offensive."
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Google cofounder Sergey Brin is facing a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from a plane crash last year that killed two crew members en route to a private island in the South Pacific. The lawsuit also alleges that Brin intentionally delayed the recovery process. The suit identifies Brin, Google, and Bayshore Global Management — Brin's family office — as the "owner/operators" of the aircraft. While the lawsuit does mention various recovery efforts conducted by Brin's team, it alleges frequent and drawn-out delays. Olarte Maclean alleges that Brin's representatives cited weather conditions at the crash site and their interactions with the USCG as excuses.
Persons: Sergey Brin, Brin, Lance Maclean, Dean Rushfeldt, Olarte Maclean, Steven C, Marks, Larry Page Organizations: South Pacific, Business, Coast Guard, Los Angeles Times, Google, Bayshore Global Management, Bayshore, LA Times, Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, Brin's, Seafly LLC, Southern Cross Aviation, BI Locations: South, California, Hawaii, Santa Rosa , California, Fiji, Honolulu, Fiji's Mamanuca
download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Read previewPivotal, the flying car company backed by Google cofounder Larry Page, announced this week it had laid off nine employees, or 10% of its staff, according to the company and a memo seen by Business Insider. It went on sale in January starting at $190,000, and the company says the units will ship in June. His early prototyping caught the attention of Page, who agreed to financially back the company and move it to Palo Alto, California in 2014. Page initially planned to merge Opener with Kittyhawk, his other flying car venture, but tensions between leaders kept the two operations apart.
Persons: , Larry Page, Ken Karklin, Karklin, Marcus Leng, Page, Kittyhawk, Leng Organizations: Service, Business, Karklin, Kittyhawk, Boeing Locations: Canadian, Palo Alto , California, Wisk
Jeff Bezos is not far off overtaking Elon Musk to become the world's richest person once more. AdvertisementJeff Bezos is only about $8 billion away from overtaking Elon Musk as the world's wealthiest person following a surge in Amazon stock — and a slump for Tesla — this year. Meanwhile, Musk holds about 411 million Tesla shares, or a roughly 13% stake in the automaker, worth about $76 billion. It's certainly striking that Musk's net worth has crashed from about $340 billion at its peak in late 2021 to about $200 billion today. However, Tesla stock is still up more than six-fold since the start of 2020, while Amazon shares have less than doubled.
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The Google cofounder purchased Cayo Norte, a large private island in Puerto Rico, in 2018, according to documents reviewed by Business Insider. Cayo Norte sits about 20 nautical miles east of Puerto Rico and just northeast of Culebra, another island that forms an archipelago. Cayo Norte is known for its white sandy beaches, surrounding coral reefs, and preserving a refuge for endangered sea turtles. Google cofounder Larry Page bought Cayo Norte, an island in Puerto Rico. Page purchased the Lollik islands, which sit 23 miles east of Cayo Norte, in 2014 for $23 million, BI previously reported.
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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Read previewMark Zuckerberg has been steering the ship since he cofounded Facebook almost 20 years ago. Unlike some of the other founding fathers of major tech firms, the Meta CEO has not yet handed over the reins to someone else. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Meta didn't respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Pushing back against Google leadersIn response to the most recent wave of cuts this week, Google software engineer Diane Hirsh Theriault took to LinkedIn to vent about Google's leadership. "We're continuing to support any impacted employees as they look for new roles here at Google and beyond," Google said. Though he acknowledged one director followed up with him after the news, he has "harbored a lot of anger and frustration at Google's leadership" over the way layoffs have been handled since January 2023. AdvertisementThat's probably a pretty tough thing to accept for Google workers aggrieved by the layoffs.
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The New York Times list of "who's who" in AI has been slammed for featuring zero women. "Godmother of AI" Fei-Fei Li criticized the list, writing, "It's not about me, but all of us in AI." AdvertisementThe New York Times' profile of "who's who" in AI, published Sunday, has drawn criticism for featuring zero women. "You literally erased all the heavy hitting women of AI and but included people who are more 'influencers,'" wrote Daneshjou. AdvertisementThe New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, sent outside regular business hours.
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Larry Page and Elon Musk argued about AI at Musk's 44th birthday party in 2015. AdvertisementTesla CEO Elon Musk and Google cofounder Larry Page disagree so severely about the dangers of AI it apparently ended their friendship. At Musk's 44th birthday celebration in 2015, Page accused Musk of being a "specieist" who preferred humans over future digital life forms, according to The New York Times . Isaacson wrote that Musk said to Page at the time, "Well, yes, I am pro-human, I fucking like humanity, dude." "The future of AI should not be controlled by Larry," Musk told Hassabis, according to Isaacson's book.
Persons: Larry Page, Elon Musk, Page, Musk, , Musk's, Talulah Riley, Walter Isaacson, Isaacson, Demis Hassabis, Larry, Sam Altman Organizations: Service, The New York Times, New York Times, Times, Google Locations: British, Napa Valley
He also accused CEO Sundar Pichai of lacking "visionary leadership." AdvertisementAn ex-Google employee has published a highly critical letter attacking the firm's "eroded" culture and accusing CEO Sundar Pichai of lacking "visionary leadership." AdvertisementHickson is unusually candid, however, especially in his remarks on CEO Sundar Pichai. AdvertisementHickson says these layoffs have "insidious" effects on the culture that can cause employees to "dramatically dial back any risk-taking." AdvertisementAs for whether Google's culture can be salvaged, Hickson thinks it can, but says the "clock is ticking."
Persons: Googler, Sundar Pichai, , Ian Hickson, Hickson, Larry Page, Sergey Brin Organizations: Google, Service, Business, BI
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