Michael Sayman, 21, the product manager of Facebook, is leaving the social media company to join Google. Facebook had hired Sayman as an intern at the age of 17. For three years, Sayman has taken the responsibility of advising on products for teens and young adults and offering trend insights as the product manager in the firm.
Sayman, while announcing that he is parting ways with Mark Zuckerberg's company, took to his Facebook account and wrote, "I am very excited to announce that I will be joining Google next month. It was three years ago today that Facebook hired me as a full-time engineer. Having started at the age of 17, I can honestly say that I practically grew up at Facebook – and I couldn't have been luckier to be surrounded by so many intelligent people who helped guide me during these teenage years."
Sayman will be joining Google to help manage the Google Assistant, the company's artificially intelligent personal assistant and voice-based search engine that engages in conversations with the user.
"Back when I was 12 years old, I wanted to learn how to build apps. I simply went on Google and would spend hours looking up videos and tutorials on programming, design and more," wrote Sayman. He hopes that the Google Assistant will encourage young people further to "explore the world of computer science in ways that were once considered impossible".
Google Assistant is, at this moment, top most priority for Google CEO Sundar Pichai, as the company is facing stiff competition from its arch rivals such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, reported Bloomberg.
Speaking of the Google Assistant in an earlier interview with Forbes back in May 2016, Sundar Pichai had shared his insights regarding how the Google Assistant's interaction would advance over the years. "You might tell Google, 'What's playing tonight?' Today, because [of] our voice recognition and natural language processing, we understand that you're probably talking about movies. You can imagine going a step further, over time. If I'm asking it on a Friday to have the context that maybe I want to watch with my family, and give you three movies you might like. I might then say, 'Is Jungle Book any good?' Then I might ask it to pick up tickets. Then, the next day, I might pick up the phone and Google says, 'It's a few hours before the movies and your tickets are here,'" said Pichai.