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Google’s Treasured AI Unit Gets Swept Up in 12,000 Job Cuts

  • Pichai says AI is still a ‘key investment area’ for company
  • Google has faced threats from outsiders, including OpenAI
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Alphabet Inc. is reorganizing its treasured artificial intelligence unit as part of the company’s sweeping job cuts announced on Friday, according to an internal memo.

Jeff Dean, the executive who leads Google’s artificial intelligence and research efforts, said that apart from a “modest number” of reductions across the research unit, the company had determined it was over-invested in its data platform for care teams, called Google for Clinicians. The robotics unit will also see consolidation across Alphabet and Google, he said.