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Google Overhauls Assistant with Advanced AI Technologies, Impacting Users, Developers, and Employees

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Google will overhaul its Assistant, focusing on generative Artifical Intelligence technologies similar to those used by ChatGPT or its Bard Chatbos This is according to a Monday internal email sent to Google employees and seen by Axios.

Why this matters : This move will affect how Google Assistant works for users, developers, and Google employees. For now, the company is supporting both old and new approaches.

Details Google says that work has started on the revamped Assistant, beginning with the mobile product.

  • Google has reorganized the teams working on Assistant as part of this move.
  • In the email, the company stated that it will be making a few layoffs to coincide with the change.
  • Axios has been told that the move will result in the elimination of dozens of positions out of thousands of employees working on the Assistant

What They're Saying: Google Vice President Peeyush Rajan and Director of Product Duke Dukellis sent an e-mail saying that they remain "deeply committed" to Assistant, and are confident about its bright future.

The Big Picture: Other companies, including Amazon, are making similar moves. The commerce giant has been working on a AI-powered revamp for Alexa its long-time digital assistant.