Alphabet, the owner of the popular search engine Google, has said that it is laying off 12,000 people, which is 6% of its total workforce.
According to the British news agency Reuters, the technology sector is laying off people because the future of this sector is linked to artificial intelligence.
This American company is considered a leader in artificial intelligence. But Alphabet currently faces a technology challenge from Microsoft, which can generate virtually any content that users can think of and type into a text box.
Microsoft said this week that the economy is forcing it to cut 10,000 jobs, or 5 percent of the company’s workforce.
Microsoft says it will advance its products through artificial intelligence. This is a point that Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai also made.
Sundar Pichai took over as CEO of Alphabet in 2019. Alphabet, he says, has been facing “a different economic reality for the last two years when it had to hire people in large numbers.”
He said that he takes full responsibility for this process.
Sundar Pichai said that Google is preparing a completely new experience for users, developers and businesses and that is artificial intelligence.