To find out what the future holds, the best option is to ask those who program it. In this sense, the executive director of Google, Sundar pichai, stated that the artificial intelligence will mean a more profound change than fire, electricity or the internet.
According to the CEO’s vision, in the next quarter century, two other developments will further revolutionize our world: artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
Regarding the first, he affirms: “I see it as the deepest technology mankind will ever develop and in which it will work. If you think of fire, electricity or the internet, it is so. But I think it’s even deeper, ”he says.
Artificial intelligence is, at its core, the attempt to replicate human intelligence in machines. Several artificial intelligence systems are already better than humans at solving particular kinds of problems.
Quantum computing and artificial intelligence, Google’s bets. AFP photo
Whereas quantum computing is a totally different phenomenon: classical computing relies on states of matter that are binary: 0 or 1. Nothing in between. These positions are called bits.
But at the quantum or subatomic level, matter behaves differently: it can be 0 or 1 but also, both possibilities at the same time.
Quantum computers are based on the qubit or quantum bit, which takes into account the probability that matter is in one of several different states. This means that its computing power increases exponentially with the number of qubits ”.
As the head of both Google and its parent company Alphabet, Pichai is the leader of products as varied as Waze, FitBit and DeepMind, the pioneers of artificial intelligence.
Also, monitor Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Photos, Android operating system and many other products.
The concept of free internet for all is the work of Google, which has been in force for 20 years with its email services, search engine, translator and maps.
However, some of all this may go wrong. It was Pichai himself, who in 2020 wrote a column in the Financial Times newspaper stating that “history is full of examples of how the virtues of technology are not guaranteed“And that these lessons teach us that we have to” be aware of what can go wrong. “
In his words, the executive admits there is “real concern” about the potential negative consequences of AI, from called deepfakes to the “vile uses” of facial recognition.
“There has already been work in this regard to address these concerns, but there will inevitably be more challenges that no single company or industry can solve on its own”.
The fear is not unfounded and for this reason, both the European Union and the United States, “are beginning to develop regulatory proposals,” says Pichai.
The EU considers the possibility to ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places for a period of up to five years in order to advance in the development of solutions that mitigate the risks involved.