Google boss Sundar Pichai warns of threats to internet freedom

Google boss Sundar Pichai warns of threats to internet freedom
Senior research scientist Daniel Sank shows Sundar Pichai one of the quantum computers in the Santa Barbara lab. Source: Google
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Daily US Times: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has warned that the free and open internet is under attack in countries around the world.

He says many countries around the world are restricting the flow of information in the internet, and the model is often taken for granted.

Mr Pichai also addresses controversies around tax, privacy and data in an interview with BBC and he argues artificial intelligence is more profound than fire, electricity or the internet.

Pichai is chief executive of one of the most consequential, complex and rich institutions in history.

As the chief executive officer (CEO) of both Google and its parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai is the ultimate leader of products and companies as varied as Waze, FitBit and DeepMind, the artificial intelligence pioneers. At Google alone he oversees Gmail, Google Earth, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Photos, the Android operating system and many other products.

But by far the most familiar among them is Google Search, which is even become its own verb: to Google.

Over the past 23 years, the internet giant has probably shaped the mostly open and free internet we have today more than any other company.

According to the Google Boss, over the next quarter of a century, two other developments will further revolutionise our world: quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

He said: “I view it as the most profound technology that humanity will ever develop and work on. You know, if you think about fire or electricity or the internet, it’s like that. But I think even more profound.”

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