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Mark Zuckerberg Emails Google Employees: Come Work for Me

Mark Zuckerberg is trying to poach top AI researchers from Google by emailing them directly.

The competition for talent in artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a new level, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly taking the unusual step of personally emailing some Google DeepMind employees to join his company’s AI efforts.

According to two sources cited by The Information, Zuckerberg’s emails to senior DeepMind staff emphasize the importance of AI to Meta in an attempt to lure talent away from Google.

Other tactics Meta has used to recruit AI researchers include waiving interviews and making direct job offers to experienced candidates. Meta has also reportedly increased salaries to prevent its own employees from being poached by other companies.

While it’s highly unusual for a CEO of Zuckerberg’s stature and wealth to be personally involved in recruiting, it’s not unprecedented. AI is the hottest trend in tech, and there are more companies chasing talent than there are qualified AI experts. Late last year, one of the biggest machine learning conferences of 2023 was reportedly essentially a recruiting event.

“I tried to recruit a very senior researcher from Meta,” the CEO of AI company Perplexity said in a recent interview. “You know what he told me? He said, ‘Call me when you have 10,000 H100 GPUs.'”

The H100 is Nvidia’s most powerful AI-focused GPU, and it’s both extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. Meta is rumored to be in the process of acquiring over 340,000 H100 chips in an effort to bring AI to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp at scale.

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