Google wants to save money in its R&D Area 120 branch – ICT news

Google will intervene in its pool of Area 120 ideas. The company would like to better control its expenses and will therefore make budget cuts, according to American media based on insider reports. The firm would reduce the funding of its internal pool and reduce its staff.

Employees will be informed of the interventions this week. This is why a certain number of ongoing projects have already been reviewed or even cancelled. Previously, fourteen projects had been entrusted to Area 120. It would remain only seven. The employees concerned will have the possibility of applying elsewhere at Google, but those who are not selected, will have to leave the company, according to the sources.

The interventions must in particular ensure that Area 120 can focus more on artificial intelligence, one of Google’s top priorities. Area 120 currently employs just under 100 people, compared to 170 at the start of the year. Globally, Google has 170,000 employees.

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Area 120 was launched in 2016. This breeding ground where new ideas abound offers a select group of employees the opportunity to work in young shoots (start-ups) within Google itself. ‘A lot of Google’s best ideas start as passion projects,’ explains the Area 120 website. AI voice ad platform AdLingo, competitor AirTable, video platforms Tangi and Shoploop, and travel app Touring Bird. All these avant-garde ideas are included in Google Chrome, Search, Shopping or Cloud.

Employees will be informed of the interventions this week. This is why a certain number of ongoing projects have already been reviewed or even cancelled. Previously, fourteen projects had been entrusted to Area 120. It would remain only seven. The employees concerned will have the possibility of applying elsewhere at Google, but those who are not selected, will have to leave the company, according to the sources. The interventions must in particular ensure that Area 120 can focus more on artificial intelligence, one of Google’s top priorities. Area 120 currently employs just under 100 people, compared to 170 at the start of the year. Globally, Google has 170,000 employees. Area 120 was launched in 2016. This pool of new ideas offers a select group of employees the opportunity to work in young shoots (start-ups) within Google itself. . ‘A lot of Google’s best ideas start as passion projects,’ explains the Area 120 website. AI voice ad platform AdLingo, competitor AirTable, video platforms Tangi and Shoploop, and travel app Touring Bird. All these avant-garde ideas are included in Google Chrome, Search, Shopping or Cloud.

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