Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Google chief Sundar Pichai said fears about artificial intelligence are valid but that the tech industry is

up to the challenge of regulating itself, in an interview published on


Tech companies building AI should factor in ethics early in the process to

make certain artificial intelligence with agency of its own doesn't hurt

people, Pichai said in an interview with the Washington Post.

I think tech has to realize it just can't build it, and then fix it,

Pichai said. I think that doesn't work.

The Californiabased internet giant is a leader in the development of AI,

competing in the smart software race with titans such as Amazon, Apple,

Microsoft, IBM and Facebook. Pichai said worries about harmful uses of AI are

very legitimate but that the industry should be trusted to regulate its


Regulating a technology in its early days is hard, but I do think

companies should selfregulate, he said.

This is why we've tried hard to articulate a set of AI principles. We may

not have gotten everything right, but we thought it was important to start a


Google in June published a set of internal AI principles, the first being

that AI should be socially beneficial.

We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful

questions about its use, Pichai said in a memo posted with the principles.

As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right.

Google vowed not to design or deploy AI for use in weapons, surveillance

outside of international norms, or in technology aimed at violating human


The company noted that it would continue to work with the military or

governments in areas such as cybersecurity, training, recruitment,

healthcare, and searchandrescue.

AI is already used to recognize people in photos, filter unwanted content

from online platforms, and enable cars to drive themselves.

The increasing capabilities of AI have triggered debate about whether

computers that could think for themselves would help cure the world's ills or

turn on humanity as has been depicted in science fiction works.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)