Sundar Pichai emphasised the need to eliminate biases from training data for AI

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, emphasised the need to remove bias from AI training data as well as the need for diverse representation among AI developers.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, responded to the question of whether artificial intelligence might someday replace people by saying, “You can think of it as having AI assistants, pretty much to help you with most things.”

Pichai made the comments at a #WomenWill discussion with actor and author Twinkle Khanna, during which Google also provided an overview of some women-led firms engaged in AI fields.

Sundar Pichai emphasised the need to eliminate biases

Pichai stated that he considers AI a technology that can enable humans to perform many of their activities more effectively. He used the example of AI’s pivotal role in helping many players advance their chess skills during the talk. 

He asserted that chess games can now be outperformed by humans by supercomputers, which are essentially chess programmes and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. However, there are more chess players than ever before, and they are utilising AI systems to improve their game. He stated that he believes it is a useful parallel to consider how AI can affect all industries.

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He emphasised that in the future, this may be true for creative fields as well and discussed the buzz surrounding “generative models.” Both Google’s own LamDA chatbot and the popular ChatGPT chatbot are examples of generative AI models.

He predicted that humans would soon have an AI helper to assist them when writing or creating artwork. In the end, he believes that society will appreciate what people accomplish. He thinks AI enables humans to perform tasks better. 

When asked if AI could contribute to more equality, Pichai responded that this was a worry they were aware of. He emphasised that technology can be a wonderful equaliser, using Google’s Internet Saathi programme as an example of how it has facilitated women’s access to smartphones and the internet in rural India.

He stated that it must be ensured that there are no adverse or damaging impacts on any specific group speed depending on factors like race, gender, caste, and so forth. Therefore, he believes we must involve outside organisations, and researchers, and have the appropriate regulatory frameworks as we develop technology, particularly AI. He also points out that biases must be eliminated not only from training data but also to ensure that the people developing the technology are representative of a diverse society.

On a lighter note, Khanna questioned Pichai on how he manages his time between work and home—a subject frequently raised to female CEOs but never men. Pichai responded that he and his wife divide their time between them and take turns taking care of various elements of home life. On many subjects, they alternate. ”  I’m enjoying the stage of my kids being in school and college and I am a tutor right now for them for many things, before AI does it,” he joked. “It’s just making it a priority for both of us and I think you need to work hard at it like everything else,” he said.

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What is one program which facilitated women’s access to smartphones?

Internet Saathi programmed as an example of how it has facilitated women’s access to smartphones and the internet in rural India.

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