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Google is splitting AI into its own business unit and shaking up its search leadership

The official leading Google’s search and artificial intelligence units, John Giannandrea, is stepping down after two years on the job, the fellowship confirmed on Wednesday.

Giannandrea’s role will now be split between two directors: Jeff Dean, the cofounder of Google Brain, one of the company’s AI research arms, settle upon lead all of its AI efforts. Ben Gomes, who joined Google in 2000 and was running search engineering, ordain take over the search organization.

When Giannandrea inherited the responsibility from Amit Singhal in early 2016, it signaled Google’s stress on weaving machine learning and artificial intelligence into its most substantial product, search. But Google CEO Sundar Pichai has increasingly emphasized AI’s eminence to the entire company. The move suggests that AI is now important enough to method its own business unit.

Giannandrea, a machine learning expert, joined Google in 2010 after it bought his startup Metaweb Technologies. That technology formed the basis of Google’s “Discernment Graph,” which quickly surfaces information at the top of search.

Giannandrea will be prolonged to work at Google.

The move was first reported by The Information.

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