As the competition to create better artificial intelligence grows, Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, reportedly made his first request to access code as revealed by Forbes.
On January 24, Brin requested access to the data that makes up Google’s natural language chatbot LaMDA. Brin resigned from his executive position at Alphabet in 2019. Forbes confirmed this through screenshots they had obtained.
Google made the revolutionary announcement of LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, in 2021. This AI uses natural language processing to recognize commands within the human speech. Google released LaMDA as a beta version last year.
OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT has sparked Google to jump into action with the development of its own AI project. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced Monday that they are launching Bard. Bard is an AI model fueled by LaMDA — a direct competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
In December, Pichai reached out to Page and Brin in response to the release of ChatGPT. The co-founders still on Alphabet’s board had a number of sessions with top executives about Google’s AI innovation scheme which was given their endorsement. This plan included incorporating more chatbot features into its search engine.
Despite a slight technical change that followed Brin’s request for access to the code, some of his colleagues were not welcoming about it. According to Forbes, one employee said “Fix Google First”, and another suggested, “At least talk to us”.
Last month, Google gave notice of its intention to restructure and downsize 6% of its worldwide workforce. This could be a reference for the first comment.
Brin’s plea further highlighted Google’s imperative need to go toe-to-toe with ChatGPT.
On Tuesday, Microsoft and OpenAI jointly announced the launch of the “new Bing”. The New Bing is their AI-powered search engine that claims to be “more powerful than ChatGPT”.
When Insider reached out to Google for a comment regarding the matter, no response was given outside of standard business hours.