Google has announced that it will be cutting around 12,000 jobs, in reaction to global economic circumstances.
According to (paywall), Google SEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to staff on Friday to notify them of the incoming redundancies, which will account for around 6% of the company's entire staff.
It follows from earlier this month, when Alphabet, the parent company to Google, announced cuts to Verily and Intrinsic, their health and robotic software divisions respectively.
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Pichai stated in the email that the reason for the lay-offs was to “sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities.”
Among those priorities is the company's focus on AI, perhaps in response to the hype around Open AI's ChatGPT, which is backed by rivals Microsoft.
Pichai added that “I am confident about the huge opportunity in front of us thanks to the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and our early investments in AI,” likely referring to the .
But he added that, in order to "fully capture it, we’ll need to make...
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