Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai chief executive of Google is perceived as one of the world leaders in the development of artificial intelligence and during the taped television event hosted by MSNBC and The Verge’s sister site Recode, Google CEO Sundar Pichai went on record by saying:

“artificial intelligence is one of the most important things that humanity is working on right now and is more profound than electricity or fire”.

Pichai phrased that people learned to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but in doing so also needed to overcome the downsides too. Pichai also said that AI could be used to help solve climate change issues and to eventually cure cancer.

In 2018, should people be scared of AI getting out of control and endangering jobs or even humanity?

During the interview Kara Swisher said: “I get that shiny happy future, but jobs, look at a job like a radiologist. You might not need lawyers, which some people might celebrate… you might not need accountants.” Pichai acknowledged that people have a right to be concerned, but still need to embrace technological advances.

Pichai pointed out that people are already using AI every day when they translate languages with Google tools or search Google Photos for images of people hugging.

“It’s fair to be worried about AI. We don’t want to just be optimistic about it. We want to be thoughtful about it.”

But opting out of shaping the future of the technology isn’t an option for U.S. companies, he said:“History shows that countries that pull back don’t do well with the change. You have to harness the change.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more important than electricity or fire
Courtesy of MSNBC Broadcast

Acknowledging the concerns about AI’s downsides are legitimate but the more people know about the technology, the less likely they are to fear it.