Google CEO said AI is more fundamental to civilisation than fire and electricity

Google CEO Sundar Pichai commented in 2018 that artificial intelligence is more important an invention than fire and electricity.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that artificial intelligence was more important than fire or electricity
Google CEO
Sundar Pichai

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire,” said Pichai, speaking at a town hall event in San Francisco in January 2018, and as reported by CNBC.

Pichai also points out that “it is important to help people understand that they use AI today. AI is just making computers more intelligent and being able to do a wide variety of tasks and we take it for granted whenever something happens and we adopt it,” he says.

“So for example, today, Google can translate across many many languages and people use it billions of times a day. That’s because of AI.

“Or if you … go to Google and search for images of sunset, or if you go to Google photos and search for images of people hugging, we can actually pull together and show pictures of people hugging.

“This is all because of AI. …[T]here are early stages of AI here and we use it today.”

“AI holds the potential for some of the biggest advances we are going to see. You know whenever I see the news of a young person dying of cancer, you realize AI is going to play a role in solving that in the future, so I think we owe it to make progress.”

Sundar Pichai

“We have to recognize where we do live, in this time where there is really dramatic change from a technology standpoint and the innovations that we have, but that doesn’t mean those innovations are going to stop,” says Wojcicki. “Technology is going to continue, it is going to continue to move forward. You need to move forward with that technology responsibly.”

Sundar believes that education will have to be transformed and reborn.

“We know that 20 to 30 years ago, you educated yourself and that carried you through for the rest of your life. That is not going to be true for the generation which is being born now. They have to learn continuously over their lives. We know that. So we have to transform how we do education.”

Sundar Pichai

“It is important to understand that tomorrow, whether Google is there or not, artificial intelligence is going to progress. Technology has this nature. It is going to evolve,” says Pichai.


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