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AI is the most profound technology humanity is working on, Pichai

Artificial Intelligence has been dominating the tech world since November 2022, when ChatGPT was made available to the public. Soon, everybody knew who OpenAI was and Sam Altman’s name started making headlines. ChatGPT turned out to be a revolutionary generative AI chatbot that could solve code, write essays, compose music, and whatnot. Some people even began using ChatGPT instead of Google Search to look for information online.

Eventually, Google and Microsoft also launched their own AI chatbots to keep up with the AI trend. Reports of a ‘code red’ situation being issued in Google’s offices after ChatGPT’s popularity had also surfaced. For years, Google had dominated the online search space. But now, it has strong competitors in the form of AI-powered Bing and ChatGPT. It is to be noted that Microsoft and OpenAI have a multimillion dollar partnership and the two companies are working together to enhance their AI tech.

In the present scenario, Microsoft’s Bing, Google’s Bard and OpenAI’s ChatGPT are the three major players in the AI chatbot race. However, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says that what’s more important than this competitive race is that we be responsible while building AI.

Google CEO on AI race
In an authored article for Financial Times, Sundar Pichai wrote that humanity’s most profound technology today is AI and the emerging tech will soon touch all our lives. He added that while ‘some’ have tried to reduce this moment (the advancement of AI) to just a ‘competitive race’, Google sees it as ‘much more than that’.

“At Google, we’ve been bringing AI into our products and services for over a decade and making them available to our users. We care deeply about this. Yet, what matters even more is the race to build AI responsibly and make sure that as a society we get it right,” the CEO wrote.

In the article, the CEO also says that Google is ensuring that AI is developed and deployed ‘responsibly’ so that it reflects the company’s commitment to earning the trust of its users. “That’s why we published AI principles in 2018, rooted in a belief that AI should be developed to benefit society while avoiding harmful applications,” he added.

Recently, former Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru was in the news for saying that companies won’t be regulating AI unless there is some ‘external pressure’ to do so. In an interview with The Guardian, she said, “You don’t want someone like me who’s going to get in your way. I think it made it really clear that unless there is external pressure to do something different, companies are not just going to self-regulate. We need regulation and we need something better than just a profit motive.”

Gebru was working as co-leader of Google’s ethical AI team until 2020. IndiaToday

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