Mar 11, 2023

Google engineers had built ChatGPT-like AI years ago but executives blocked it

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Google executives had blocked the AI chatbot from public testing, citing concerns that it did not meet company standards.

Years ago, Daniel De Freitas and Noam Shazeer, engineers at Google, had developed a ChatGPT-like conversational chatbot that could talk about philosophy and TV shows and make pun jokes.

Conversational chatbots are the shiny new thing in the tech industry, with companies looking to incorporate them across their products.

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However, the executives at the company blocked it from being tested outside the company or released as a public demo citing concerns over the lack of meeting company standards, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. The duo has since left the company.

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