Google Reduces Its Experimental Area 120 By Half As It Shifts Focus To ‘AI First’ Projects

Search engine giant Google has opted to reduce its experimental area 120 by 50%.

The news comes as the search engine giant moves ahead with a greater focus on AI-First projects.

For those who may not be aware, the company’s Area 120 has been its mainstay incubator. This is in terms of providing employees with the perfect chance to expand more on experimental ideas full-time. And it's in contrast to what it does in its 20% time.

For a while now, we’ve seen the division take charge of a number of different features like Android’s quick replies and other offerings that often go unnoticed, such as Gamesnacks.

Today, the media outlet was seen speaking about how the search engine giant is planning on reducing its experimental plans that entailed 14 projects. Instead, it’s cutting back to just 7 now. And you might be appalled to learn how all those remaining are getting canceled.

All workers terminated on Tuesday were ordered to find another new position in the corporation by January of next year. So it’s not too bad because they’ll still be working at Google.

This is definitely not something new but a commonly observed practice whenever the company opts to scale down or move back a division. Last year, we saw something similar occur with Stadia Games' shutdown.

So far, out of the seven projects that had undergone cancelation, just one managed to be launched publicly. This was Qaya, a notable web creation tool. Meanwhile, others included pro-climate tools such as a map for EV stations, tools to measure carbon forests, and even one for carbon counting.

On the other hand, the other projects outlined were linked to shopping, and a few had to do with AR and VR technology. Lastly, one was linked to Google Sheets.

TechCrunch reported how Google’s lead for the project mentioned how a stronger emphasis was now being put on AI-first plans before the company stepped into its broader ambitions. Meanwhile, one of the projects that are yet to be unveiled was linked to an app called Aloud.

This dubs your YouTube content into a wide array of different languages. Ultimately, it has to do with different forms of AI learning that Google wishes to move forward with. Hence, you can find a series of languages that serve as clues for Google’s future.

The sudden downsizing of Google’s experimental division, which many critics call a decline in its force, is definitely linked to the company’s slower hiring for this year. Let’s not forget the freeze that took place within the July to August timespan.

Google’s CEO spoke about how it wanted to minimize distractions and raise the bar to new heights so as to ensure better productivity for the company. This includes taking a break and rethinking strategies before jumping to conclusions. And it’s smart to stop, refocus, and get back on track.

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