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Google employees slam CEO Sundar Pichai over Bard AI chatbot



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Indignant Google staff ridiculed CEO Sundar Pichai on inside message boards over the tech big’s botched handling of a crucial rollout for its “Bard” AI chatbot this week.

The much-hyped rival to the the favored Microsoft-backed ChatGPT chatbot, which is seen as a possible risk to Google’s search engine dominance, flubbed a solution throughout Monday’s presentation.

In posts on Google’s inside discussion board “Memegen,” employees described the troubled launch as “rushed,” “botched” and “un-Googley,” according to CNBC, which considered among the messages.

“Expensive Sundar, the Bard launch and the layoffs have been rushed, botched, and myopic. Please return to taking a long-term outlook,” one person captioned a meme that includes a photograph of Pichai wanting severe, in keeping with the outlet.

“Dashing Bard to market in a panic validated the market’s worry about us,” an worker wrote in one other put up.

Shares of Google mother or father Alphabet have plunged about 7% since Monday – at one level dropping $100 billion in market worth in a single day – as the corporate’s launch drew a skeptical response from traders.

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Sundar Pichai introduced 12,000 layoffs at Google final month.
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The posts on Memegen included a meme exhibiting a dumpster hearth with Google’s brand on the aspect and the caption: “How all the things’s felt since final yr.”

One other put up made reference to Alphabet’s widely criticized decision last month to lay off about 12,000 workers, or greater than 6% of its total workforce. Pichai mentioned the layoffs have been mandatory because of worsening financial circumstances and would higher place Google to pursue improvement of AI expertise and different priorities.

“Firing 12k individuals rises the inventory by 3%, one rushed AI presentation drops it by 8%,” mentioned the meme, which featured a photograph of actor Nicholas Cage with a smile on his face.

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Google staff singled out Sundar Pichai for criticism over the botched rollout.

The Put up has reached out to Google for touch upon the interior backlash.

Earlier this week, analysts famous that Google’s unveiling of Bard was brief on particulars about how the corporate deliberate to combine the chatbot into its search engine. Microsoft has already rolled out a ChatGPT integration for its “Bing” browser.

CNBC famous that some Google staff have been unaware of the Paris occasion earlier than it occurred.

Google’s launch occasion for the Bard chatbot drew a lukewarm response.

Through the occasion, Bard gave a mistaken reply to a question included within the firm advert showcasing how the chatbot capabilities.

The instance included within the gif video confirmed a person asking Bard, “What new discoveries from the James Webb House Telescope can I inform my 9 yr previous about?”

The chatbot responded by claiming that JWST was “used to take the very first footage of a planet exterior the Earth’s photo voltaic system.” The reply was inaccurate. The primary footage of so-called “exoplanets” have been really taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in 2004.