Many are surprised that the banner of Artificial Intelligence is carried by a small company like OpenAI, instead of giants like Google. However, there is a reason for this, and it was recently explained by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
In an interview with Wired for the 25th anniversary of Google, the head of Alphabet noted that they stopped their research on Artificial Intelligence when they saw the worried behavior of parents.
“People trust us, go to Google and type in ‘What is the dose of paracetamol for 3-year-olds.’ You can imagine what our responsibility is,” Pichai said.
Caution, therefore, is what has stopped Google from pursuing the issue of Artificial Intelligence.
“When I was named CEO in 2015, I was clear that neural networks would change everything, so I pivoted the company so that AI was a priority,” Pichai recalled. “We are directing a large part of our investment in R&D. Internally, we already have our own language model, LaMDA, and we are already thinking about launching consumer products with it.”
They soon realized that AI management “needs to mature more.” And recalling the case of parents who consulted Google as if it were a doctor, he closed: “That’s why we are very careful.”
Alphabet’s CEO acknowledged that OpenAI was the battering ram with which the technology disrupted the market, opening the doors for other companies with ChatGPT.
“They show that the product has market fit and that the public is ready to understand its potential and play with this technology,” said Sundar Pichai.
Now it’s up to your company to change to close the gap with OpenAI, but always defend the responsibility they have as giants. “There is a saying in cricket, let the bat do the talking. “We’ve been changing AI all these years and there’s always competition.”