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VentureBeat Q&A: Richard Socher, cofounder and CEO of You.com, says Google is facing a classic innovator’s dilemma - VentureBeat

Last updated Wednesday, February 15, 2023 10:05 ET , Source: NewsService

It’s not every day you get to sit down with one of the world’s leading researchers in artificial intelligence (specifically, the fourth most cited in the field of natural language processing) for an hour at his private ranch hidden in the Portola Valley near San Francisco. I was lucky enough to do so last week, and you can read all about it in our story about the launch of YouChat 2.0.

But there was a lot we talked about that didn’t make it into the article. So below are some outtakes from our interview, including You.com cofounder and CEO Richard Socher’s deep analysis of the looming AI search wars.

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Socher also talked about how Google is facing the classic innovator’s dilemma; how he imagines conversational AI being monetized; and what he sees as the future of search. (Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)

VentureBeat: Let’s start with your take on the Google versus Microsoft news last week. The Google presentation was a little underwhelming in my view, but given its history with AI, shouldn’t Google be on equal footing with OpenAI/Microsoft?


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Richard Socher: Google has done incredible research and propelled the field forward in many dimensions in terms of its research, but they are making $150 billion a year by...

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