A field that is ever growing like artificial intelligence has always garnered mixed reviews. Many see AI as a power that could take over humanity and others see AI has the potential that humans require to reach their full human capabilities. None the less, everyone knows that this field is going to change the way we are supposed to see our future. Google also thinks that AI would be important in the coming future.
Recently in a special Townhall Event hosted by MSNBC, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google remarked that ” AI is more important than fire and electricity”. He says artificial intelligence is going to have a bigger impact on the world than some of the most ubiquitous innovations in history. During the event, He compared Artificial intelligence to any energy that can harnessed. Till date, every energy that has been harnessed, has had its side effects. The real challenge is in accepting its downsides and overcoming them. He also adds “We have learned to harness fire for the benefits of humanity but we had to overcome its downsides too. So my point is, AI is really important, but we have to be concerned about it.”
In the event, he also emphasized on the fact that there should be more awareness among people. “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. Sundar Pichai also gives an example of Google, how it helps in searching for pictures or translating any languages.
“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,” the Google CEO says.
That being said, it is still important to think about humanity’s future with artificial intelligence, Pichai says. “It is right to be concerned, absolutely, you have to worry about it otherwise you are not going to solve it.” The major concern associated with AI is the robots will replace low skilled jobs. From Google, a whopping $1 billion has been donated to job retraining but again everyone has to be aware of AI and its impacts on the world.
AI is forcing change upon companies, workers and society’s infrastructure. “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.