Amit Singhal, an Influential Engineer at Google, Will Retire

Amit Singhal joined Google in 2000 as employee No. 176. By QUENTIN HARDY February 3, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet, the parent of Google, is losing one of its most influential engineers, but his successor’s background is indicative of how important artificial intelligence technology is becoming to the Silicon Valley company. Amit Singhal, the company’s senior vice president for search, and one of the earliest builders of its global computer system, announced that he would retire on Feb. 26. He has been involved with many of the technologies that have made Alphabet an engineering powerhouse and one of the world’s most valuable companies. His replacement, John Giannandrea, currently works in artificial intelligence, or A.I., at Alphabet. A.I. has been increasingly important to Google and other companies like Amazon, as they seek to build…

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