Google’s Surprise Contract Termination Stuns Appen, a Key AI Partner
In a shocking move, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has ended its contract with Appen, a significant player in Google’s AI advancements, according to The Verge.
Appen, an Australian data service firm, has played a crucial role in developing various AI-driven services like Google Bard and Kereső. While many may not be familiar with Appen, its contributions to AI development have been noteworthy.
Alphabet’s spokesperson, Courtenay Mencini, cited the decision as a move towards operational efficiency.
The twist in the tale comes from Appen’s own announcement to the Australian stock exchange, revealing their surprise at Google’s decision to terminate the contract.
Beyond Alphabet, Appen has also contributed to training AI models for tech giants like Microsoft, Meta, and Amazon. However, the partnership with Google’s parent company was a significant source of revenue, amounting to $82.8 million last fiscal year out of a total revenue of $273 million, as reported by CNBC.