Google Opens New AI Center in Paris

This morning, Sundar Pichai, the boss of Google, opened a new center in Paris. This center is all about artificial intelligence, or AI for short. It's in a building that has been fixed up near where Google's main office is in Paris. About 300 people who know a lot about AI and engineering will work there.

Some might remember that Google said it had an AI research place in Paris since 2018. Google shared that it's not making a brand new AI team for this center. The 300 people who will work there are already part of Google. They come from teams like Google Research, DeepMind, YouTube, and Chrome.

Even big government officials showed up to see Pichai and talk about Google's new project. This shows Google wants to be seen as a big deal in AI. They want the best people in AI to think of working with them.

Instead of just telling its workers about the new office, Google made it a big news story. They want everyone to know they are serious about AI. Paris is a good place for this because many tech companies have set up AI labs there. Facebook, now called Meta, started its AI lab in Paris in 2015. Since then, lots of smart people have left big companies to start their own AI businesses. Some of these startups have done really well.

Google calling this new place an AI hub shows they want to be known as an AI company. Even though they just released a very smart AI model called Gemini Ultra, many people still think of another AI, ChatGPT, first. Google rushed to introduce Bard, its own AI chatbot, last year in Paris to keep up.

The opening of this AI hub is part of Google's effort to keep talking about its work in AI. But it's not just Google doing this. Microsoft also said it's spending a lot of money on AI and tech in Germany. They are building data centers there. While some of Microsoft's work will involve AI, they do a lot of other things too. So, Google is not alone in trying to show off its work in AI.

Photo: Sundar Pichai / X

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