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How will Google solve its AI conundrum?

By Richard Waters and Madhumita Murgia

26 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Microsoft made a multibillion dollar investment in OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, reigniting an old rivalry with Google. The move also set off an "AI arms race" that puts Google at risk. FT explains.

In the AI arms race that has just broken out in the tech industry, Google, where much of the latest technology was invented, should be well positioned to be one of the big winners.

There is just one problem: With politicians and regulators breathing down its neck, and a hugely profitable business model to defend, the internet search giant may be hesitant to wield many of the weapons at its disposal.

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