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What's More Profound than Fire and Electricity? Sundar Pichai Says AI
What's More Profound than Fire and Electricity? Sundar Pichai Says AI
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PUBLISHED:
JANUARY
22
2018
Make no mistake about how seriously Google is taking artificial intelligence. "AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It's more profound than, I don't know, electricity or fire," Google CEO Sundar Pichai [seen here] said on Friday as part of a new show hosted by MSNBC's Ari Melber and Recode's Kara Swisher.

"Fire's pretty good," Swisher said.

"But it kills people, too. They learn to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but we have to overcome its downsides, too," he said.

Pichai, whose company is doing some of the most extensive research into the field, said AI could play a role in curing cancer. But he still acknowledges there is a "balance" to be reached in society.

"It's fair to be worried about AI," Pichai said. "We want to be thoughtful about it."

Pichai was interviewed alongside YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki. The show, a joint effort between Recode and MSNBC called "Revolution: Google and YouTube Changing the World," is scheduled to air soon on MSNBC.

© 2018 Re/Code under contract with NewsEdge/Acquire Media. All rights reserved.

Image credit: Google CEO Sundar Pichai by Google; Artist's concept.

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