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“Artificial Intelligence & Security Is Google’s Top Priority” : Sundar Pichai

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 has been quoted as saying often and on record in January 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.

This week Google announced artificial intelligence (AI) and security as its top priority among the host of services it offers as it kicked off its annual event – Next – for the third successive year here in San Francisco.

The company announced several updates to Google Cloud apps and services with back-to-back addresses by its
top honchos, including a surprise dash by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Cloud top executive Diane Greene at
the keynote address.

The software giant referred itself as a “modern enterprise company” and its primary business as “information”,
saying its hallmark service Google Cloud was built to efficiently take in information, organise it, and give back
intelligence, in order to drive their business – supercharged information.

“Our mission is to organise world’s information. And make it universally accessible and useful. I am always
talking of being fortunate as a company as a timeless machine. One that feels as it did 20 years ago,” Pichai told
a 20,000-estimated attendance at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Pichai extolled company’s deep dive into AI and its benefits in healthcare services with predictive inputs on risks
of diseases.

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