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VP of AI at Meta Leaves Amid The Department’s Decentralisation

Meta is attempting to decentralize its AI department

Vice President of AI at Meta, Jérôme Pesenti, is leaving the company this month as it attempts to consolidate its AI teams. Pesenti has held the position for four years and the department is currently centralized. According to Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth, the restructured artificial intelligence department will function as a decentralized entity.

“Artificial Intelligence sits at the very heart of our work across Meta,” says Bosworth in a company blog post. “In fact, it would be hard to identify a single product that hasn’t been transformed by this work.”

“To support this mission, today we are announcing a new decentralized organizational structure for Meta AI.”

Meta seeks AI for all

In the blog post, Bosworth announces that Meta will be distributing the ownership of its various AI systems to Meta product groups in order to allow for deeper integration and credits Pesenti with the idea of decentralizing.

“Jérôme Pesenti has been our fearless leader in this work, but over the last several months, he has put in place a plan to change the status quo,” writes Bosworth. “Jérôme identified that while the centralized nature of the organization gave us leverage in some areas, it also made it a challenge to integrate as deeply as we would hope.”

While Meta is giving the rights to its AI systems to its product groups, there is a catch. According to the blog post, Meta product groups receiving AI system rights must “invest in a balanced portfolio that supports existing systems while also advancing the state of the art in AI.”

The post also details which AI teams will be merging, such as how the Responsible AI organization will be joining the company’s Social Impact team. Meta feels these changes will improve the speed at which new technologies are implemented throughout the company. In addition to the aforementioned changes, Meta is creating a cross-functional AI leadership team that will evaluate the various AI team’s progress. 

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Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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