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Google is Restructuring its AI Teams, But it Needs to be Focusing on its Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Google has been investing a lot of its focus into artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the past few years, but it’s falling short on the management level to bring its ideas to fruition. The company claims to be “advancing AI for everyone,” yet it can’t seem to get the diversity and inclusion aspect of this down. “At its heart, AI is computer programming that learns and adapts. It can’t solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post . “At Google, we use AI to make products more useful—from email that’s spam-free and easier to compose , to a digital assistant you can speak to naturally , to photos that pop the fun stuff out for you to enjoy.” Despite its seemingly good intentions to break more into AI, Google employees have been very critical about the company’s AI investments from the start. Back in June 2018, according to Forbes, more than 3,000 employees signed a petition in protest against...

Feb 24, 2021

Google and Alphabet CEO Proposes Global Standards to Regulate the Use of Artificial Intelligence

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, has recently proposed regulations for the use of artificial intelligence. In 2018, Pichai pledged Google’s promise to use AI responsibly , citing its own internal guidelines for use. Now, as noted by a recent report from Forbes , Pichai is advocating for setting a global standard for AI that could prevent companies and others from using it without restrictions or accountability. Google has long been a proponent of AI, including the use of software for diagnostic purposes in cancer detection and blindness prevention , project facilitation in Google Assistant support, teaching tools, and forecast prediction , among other purposes. Used for good, AI can be a critical resource to promote health, safety, education, and social change . “ It can’t solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound, ” Pichai wrote in a blog post. However, the misuse of AI is what Pichai finds particularly disturbing,...

Jan 29, 2020