Why Google’s co-founder left retirement to work on AI

Why Google’s co-founder left retirement to work on AI

Why Google’s co-founder left retirement to work on AI

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During a recent surprise Q&A, Sergey Brin opened up about why he’s back in the trenches at Google to work on generative AI.

By Alex Heath, a deputy editor and author of the Command Line newsletter. He’s covered the tech industry for over a decade at The Information and other outlets.

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Sergey Brin.

Sergey Brin.

Photo illustration by William Joel / The Verge; Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic

Last Saturday, about 200 people crowded into the ballroom of a $68 million Silicon Valley mansion for a hackathon. 

As the room filled with AI startup founders, investors, and researchers, the microphone was unceremoniously handed to a curly-haired man wearing a T-shirt and cargo pants. Without introducing himself, he explained that he was there to stall for the event’s surprise speaker, who was running late.

“I’m always expected to have brilliant insights into the world of tech and AI and so forth,” he told the room. “But it’s hard to compete with all of you.”

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