Google Employees have criticized leadership, especially CEO Sundar Pichai, for handling ChatGPT rival Bard’s announcement this week.
Staff took to the popular internal forum memegen to describe their thoughts on Bard’s announcement as “hurried,” “failed,” and “unlike Google,” according to messages and memes seen by CNBC. .
On Monday, Google microsoft At an event the next day, we asked Pichai to share details of their chatbot technology. Details about Bard were revealed at an event in Paris on Wednesday.
Between these events, Microsoft, an early investor in ChatGPT creator OpenAI, showcased how the Bing search engine will be integrated with Buzzy Chat technology, sending reporters to the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. I was invited to a demonstration of
At Google’s Wednesday event, Prabhakar Raghavan, Head of Search, shared a few quick slides showing examples of Bard’s capabilities. Viewers wanted to hear more, but some employees weren’t even aware of the happening. One presenter forgot to bring his phone for the demo.
Google employees often turn to memegen to humorously tease the company’s quirks and missteps, but Bard’s post-announcement posts hit a more serious tone, even following Pichai directly.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks at a keynote announcing Bing’s ChatGPT integration at Microsoft on February 7, 2023 in Redmond, Washington.
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“Dear Thunder, The Bard’s launch and layoffs were rushed, botched and short-sighted,” read a meme containing a serious picture of Pichai. The post received many upvotes from employees.
A Google representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Sundar and leadership deserve Perf NI,” read another highly rated meme, referring to the lowest category of the company’s employee performance rating system. “They are ludicrously short-sighted and un-Google in their quest to ‘harden their focus.’”
Last year, Pichai called on employees to focus more. Leadership often asks staff to be “like Google.” Broadly speaking, this means being ambitious and hardworking, with respect and teamwork in mind.
Alphabet’s stock fell more than 9% this week on concerns that ChatGPT is threatening Google’s core search business and concerns about the company’s responsiveness to Microsoft’s event.
“Our rush to market with a panicked bard proved that the market was afraid of us,” read one highly rated meme. It is a bird doing a palm.
Google’s position in artificial intelligence is a familiar concern. At an all-hands meeting in December, employees asked about the company’s competitiveness in AI, with ChatGPT in the public eye. Management replied: Adopting far from perfect AI chat technology too quickly can damage a company’s reputation.
This week, a popular meme featured an image of a litter box on fire with Google’s “G” logo. The text read, “How everything has felt since last year.”
Another meme referred to layoffs announced last month that resulted in the loss of 12,000 jobs, or 6% of the company’s workforce. The meme features a smiling photo of actor Nicolas Cage and reads, “Laying off 12,000 people will cause his stock price to rise by 3%, and a rushed AI presentation will cause his stock price to fall by 8%. ‘ said.
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