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SF exec defends 'brutal' trend: Lay off staff to free cash for AI

April 23, 2024
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston justified recent layoffs as a strategic move to free up resources for investing in artificial intelligence (AI), as discussed in an interview with the Verge. The decision to cut 500 workers in April 2023 was presented as a necessary action to shift financial and labor resources towards hiring AI-skilled engineers, essential for the company's future projects like Dropbox Dash. This strategy reflects a broader trend within the tech industry where other companies, including Chegg and potentially Meta and Google, are also reallocating resources, cutting jobs to fund significant AI investments, suggesting a prioritization of AI development over current employment levels.
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