Google CEO: "We need to regulate AI"

Google CEO: "We need to regulate AI"
In a recent editorial on Financial Times, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke about the regulation of artificial intelligence, highlighting the positive and negative potential of developing technologies.

This perspective arrives just months after Google announced a corporate restructuring, which left co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as board members and Sundar Pichai as the CEO of both Google and its parent company Alphabet.

In the article, Pichai opens with a discussion of technology’s potential to change lives, mentioning some of Alphabet’s efforts in using AI to develop advanced solutions in medical, ecological, and infrastructural fields.

But of course, the potential for great harm is also there, which is why Pichai highlights the “need to be clear-eyed about what could go wrong.” To that end, he makes a case for “sensible regulation” of AI-based technology from governments and corporations alike.

This sort of digital threat is no doubt an urgent issue, especially for companies like Google, whose products often rely on such tech. Pichai did not recommend any concrete guidelines or critique existing proposals, but he did mention important criteria to consider, such as “safety, explainability, fairness and accountability”.

Pichai’s words emphasize both the importance and urgency of regulatory decisions, but it also accounts for the huge task of considering the many relevant variables. To this end, he points to Google’s own public guidelines for accountable AI usage, as well as the company’s continued commitments to help “navigate these issues together”.

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6 Comments

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

For things like self-driving cars, which seems to be the big push lately, I agree. I would prefer if software companies worked together to come up with some standards so every company isn't reinventing the wheel to do the same basic things. What I don't really want to see is a lot of gov't interaction. Less is more with respect to gov't involvement.

1. Skizzo

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

AI must be regulated in some fashion. It is far too dangerous to leave it as is; it's far too easy to misuse it with potential for disastrous outcomes. Glad this is being discussed at the corporate level. We must work to figure out what regulations we need to impose, before it's too late.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is AI for sound, music, images, live camera feeds, internet traffic, email, messaging, robots, cloud computing, and the list goes on and on. Saying regulation for AI couldn't be more vague. But it sure is needed in certain areas, especially when it comes to users privacy. But getting the government and companies involved with regulating AI, is kind of like getting the wolves to regulate the chicken coup.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1551; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I agree 100 percent. The problem is by google saying this what they really mean is let's control it and develop a monopoly. Its Google!

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not just Google, it's all. But getting the government hands involved is a recipe for disaster.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1147; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Each and every division of AI needs to be regulated. They all could be misused. But I agree with your second paragraph.

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