• In a very ticked-off LinkedIn post, a newly-retired Google strategist went off on his ex-employer for forcing AI down its workers’ throats as it attempts to cash in on the latest tech trend. (View Highlight)
  • “The ‘AI Projects’ I was working on were poorly motivated,” wrote Scott Jenson, a former Google UX strategist, in a LinkedIn post, “and driven by this panic that as long as it had ‘AI’ in it, it would be great.” (View Highlight)
  • “The vision is that there will be a… Jarvis assistant in your phone that locks you into their ecosystem so hard that you’ll never leave,” Jenson continued, referencing the superpowered AI assistant in Marvel comics that can make meals for Iron Man and help him fight bad guys. “That vision is pure catnip. The fear is that they can’t afford to let someone else get there first.” (View Highlight)
  • Ironically enough, new emails from a federal case against Microsoft have revealed that the company’s initial 2019 investment in OpenAI appeared to have been triggered by concerns that Google was getting ahead in the AI rat race. (View Highlight)
  • Having been at the search giant for nearly a decade, Jenson knows a thing or two about the company’s hype history, and pointed out that the same thing happened when it tried to compete with Facebook by creating Google Plus — and we all know how well that turned out. (View Highlight)
  • While tech companies pivoting to the next big thing is far from new, things are substantially different with AI, what with the massive amounts of energy and capital it takes to run the algorithms and the way over-investment in it has already resulted in massive job losses, with many more expected to come. (View Highlight)