As concerns over the safety of rapidly advancing technology continue to mount, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has reaffirmed the company’s unwavering commitment to the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI). Pichai, who assumed the CEO position in 2015, recently shared his optimism about the future of AI in a Financial Times article, citing it as the most significant technology being pursued by humanity.
Despite this, Pichai acknowledged the risk that some companies prioritize being first movers in the field over ensuring safety, and ethical considerations are thoroughly addressed.
“While some have tried to reduce this moment to just a competitive AI race, we see it as so much more than that,” said the CEO.
“These advances mean that drivers across Europe can now find more fuel-efficient routes; tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees are helped to communicate in their new homes; flood forecasting tools are able to predict floods further in advance. Google DeepMind’s work on AlphaFold, in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, resulted in a groundbreaking understanding of over 200mn cataloged proteins known to science, opening up new healthcare possibilities,” he noted.