Sundar Pichai is confused about AI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is either confused or wants to confuse you with his thoughts on AI. In a cryptic op-ed published in Financial Times Pichai makes a headline-grabbing call for artificial intelligence to be regulated but his pitch injects a hint at lawmakers to dilute any laws that put a limit on AI usage.

 “AI has the potential to improve billions of lives, and the biggest risk may be failing to do so” — thereby seeking to frame ‘no hard limits’ as actually the safest option for humanity,” his piece read. 

Simultaneously the pitch downplays any negatives that might cloud the greater good that Pichai implies AI will unlock — presenting “potential negative consequences” as simply the inevitable and necessary price of technological progress.

Pichai further adds “The internet made it possible to connect with anyone and get information from anywhere, but also easier for misinformation to spread,” he goes on. “These lessons teach us that we need to be clear-eyed about what could go wrong.”


Google Chief’s entire piece is full of mixed messages where he weighs the pros and cons of tech and tells people to not ignore the potential and power of AI. However, in no way does he clear what his exact stance on the matter is. 


The fact that Pichai has been the only tech kingpin in the last few years where he has rebranded as Google AI. However, he has supported a temporary ban on facial recognition tech again by giving a statement that hints at his push for leniency in tech regulatory laws. 


"It can be immediate, but maybe there's a waiting period before we really think about how it's being used," Pichai said. "It's up to governments to charter the course" for the use of Facial recognition technology. 

Pichai urged regulators to take a "proportionate approach" when drafting rules, days before the Commission is due to publish proposals on the issue.


In his own words, this is definitely unclear as to what and how much Pichai wants the common man to know about AI and advance deep tech like Facial recognition. But one thing is for sure, he doesn’t want the law to put any boundaries on where to stop the infusion of tech in the times to come.  Maybe Google is up to something as big as Google. 

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Taniya Tikoo

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder at ObserveNow. A Mountain girl using the power of words to change the world.

I dream to wake up to a world where I see a thriving Kashmir, a free Palestine and a Free Tibet 

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