Google scales back Area 120 by half, refocuses on ‘AI-first’ projects

Google is scaling back its experimental Area 120 division by half, refocusing the group on “AI-first” projects. Since 2016, Area 120 has served as Google’s “in-house incubator,” giving employees an opportunity to build upon experimental ideas full time, rather than in their “20% time.” The division has been responsible for features that we now take for granted, like smart replies on…
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