In an internal email
The email underscores the “profound potential of generative AI to transform people’s lives” and notes that some team members have already begun incorporating LLM models into the mobile version of Assistant.
Ranjan and Dukellis also outline leadership changes across the organization and the consolidation of teams. The restructuring comes with “a small number” of layoffs, they say. Axios reports that that means “dozens of jobs… out of the thousands of employees who work on the Assistant.”
Google Assistant was introduced in May 2016, two years after Amazon’s Alexa, and five years after Apple’s Siri. Earlier this year, Google opened its own AI chatbot, Bard, to the public. No word yet on when Bard will eventually integrate with Assistant, but it’s safe to assume they won’t remain separate for long.