Artificial Intelligence is more profound than fire, electricity, or the internet, says Google boss

  • “‘It can make humans more productive than we have ever imagined,’ said Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google’s owner Alphabet.
  • ‘I view it as a very profound enabling technology,’ said Pichai. ‘If you think about fire or electricity or the internet, it is like that but I think even more profound.’”

Google CEO Adds His Voice to AI Regulation Debate

“Eight common themes that could form the core of any principle-based approach to AI ethics and governance:

• Privacy — AI systems should respect the privacy of individuals.

• Accountability — Mechanisms must be in place to ensure AI systems are accountable, and remedies must be in place to fix problems when they’re not.

• Safety and Security — AI systems should perform as intended and be secure from compromise.

• Transparency and Explainability — AI systems should be designed and implemented to allow oversight.

• Fairness and Nondiscrimination — AI systems should be designed to maximize fairness and inclusivity.

• Human Control of Technology — Important decisions should remain under human review.

• Professional Responsibility — Developers of AI systems should make sure to consult all stakeholders in the system and plan for long-term effects.

• Promotion of Human Values — The ends to which AI is devoted and the means by which it is implemented should promote humanity’s well being.”

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A.I. is “the most important project humanity will ever work on”

“This is about capturing the next great pool of wealth in technology,” says Craig Le Clair, an analyst at Forrester Research, the tech analytics firm. He compares A.I. to electricity in its potential impact. Sundar Pichai, [Microsoft CEO Satya] Nadella’s rival CEO at Alphabet, has gone further, calling A.I. the most important project humanity would ever work on, “more profound than fire.”