Googlers are all talking about the company’s announcement of its ChatGPT rival, Bard – and many aren’t happy with how it turned out. This is according to a report from CNBCGoogle employees call the launch of the AI chatbot “rushed” and “failed” in posts on the company’s internal message boards, with many aimed at CEO Sundar Pichai.
“Dear Sundar, the Bard launch and layoffs were rushed, botched and myopic,” one user wrote in a highly-voted post seen by CNBC, referring to last month’s job cuts that saw the elimination of 12,000 workers. Other Googlers reportedly posted memes comparing the past year at Google to a fire in a dumpster, while another employee said, “Pushing Bard to the market in panic confirmed the market’s fears for us.” Google’s stock took quite a hit after news of Bard’s mistake spread, loss of nearly $100 billion of its market value in just one day.
Google’s ChatGPT competitor won’t see increased availability for weeks, but with Microsoft planning to improve web search with a bot that can provide annotated answers to different types of queries, it’s no wonder that Google – arguably the king of the search – decided to Show off Bard now, even if it was a little earlier than expected.