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How Google became cautious of AI and gave Microsoft an opening

By Miles Kruppa, Sam Schechner

07 Mar 2023 · 10 min read

Microsoft appears to have taken an early lead when it comes to developments in AI. But is Google's more measured approach going to enable it to thrive in the long run? A WSJ deep dive.

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More than two years ago, a pair of Google researchers started pushing the company to release a chatbot built on technology more powerful than anything else available at the time. The conversational computer program they had developed could confidently debate philosophy and banter about its favorite TV shows, while improvising puns about cows and horses.

The researchers, Daniel De Freitas and Noam Shazeer, told colleagues that chatbots like theirs, supercharged by recent advances in artificial intelligence, would revolutionize the way people searched the internet and interacted with computers, according to people who heard the remarks.

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