Google co-founder Sergey Brin returned to work with software code. This is the first time since he handed over full powers to Google CEO Sundar Pichai along with Larry Page in 2019. According to Forbes, on January 24, Sergey submitted a request for access to the code for the first time in many years.
According to resource sources, the request was related to LaMDA, Google’s AI-powered chatbot for natural language conversational applications. This project was announced in 2021, but the company has recently given it increased attention due to looming competition from the growing popularity of OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI bot.
The emergence of a real competitor forced Google CEO Sundar Pichai to enlist the help of co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to further secure the company’s leading position in the AI systems market.
Brin has submitted a CL (change list) request to access data training LaMDA, the source said. The application was approved by several dozen engineers. Some of them aren’t part of the development team, but seem to have decided to take the opportunity to show their support for the company’s co-founder’s decision to help with the work.
However, not all Google employees liked it. “Fix Google First” — said one of them in the comments. And another wrote: “At least talk to us”suggesting how distant the company’s co-founders have been over the years.