Google Insider Says Bosses Have No Idea What They're Doing With AI

A software engineer at Google has skewered the company’s efforts to pivot to AI, calling out the tech giant’s executives out as being “profoundly boring and glassy-eyed.” In a widely circulating LinkedIn post, Massachusetts-based engineer Diane Theriault didn’t hold back. “Right now, all of these boring, glassy-eyed leaders are trying to point in a vague direction (AI) while at the same time killing their golden goose,” she wrote. Theriault was responding to the latest round of layoffs, which affected hundreds of employees in the company’s ad sales team. “Given that they have no real vision of their own, they really need their subordinates to come up with cool stuff for them,” she added. And more layoffs are reportedly on the way. Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Google employees in an internal memo obtained by The Verge to expect more cuts. “We have ambitious goals and will be investing in our big priorities this year,” he wrote. “The reality is that to create the capacity for this investment, we have to make tough choices.” Pichai claimed the latest firings were about “removing layers to simplify execution and drive velocity in some areas.” Just today, the company’s “moonshot” division X was hit with layoffs continuing the company’s ongoing efforts to scale back its headcount. At the same time, Google has gotten caught in the AI hype wave, digging deep in its pockets for a $2 billion investment in OpenAI competitor Anthropic. In December, The Information reported that Google was looking…Google Insider Says Bosses Have No Idea What They're Doing With AI

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