Google CEO calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

by Daniel Payne · Jan 20th, 2020 3:41 pm

Last Updated Jan 20th, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed in a recent editorial that there is "no question" that artificial intelligence "needs to be regulated," pointing out that "technology's virtues aren't guaranteed."

Writing in The Financial Times on Sunday, Pichai pointed out that AI has shown numerous promising applications in the modern world, including spotting breast cancer and reducing flight delays for airplane companies. However, Pichai said that AI can be applied toward negative ends as well, including the creation of "deepfakes," digital face transplants that depict a person doing things he or she did not do.

Pichai says that both private action and government oversight are necessary to ensure the integrity of artificial intelligence. He writes that government has a role to play in regulating the burgeoning industry of driverless cars. Google, meanwhile, has "published [its] own AI principles to help guide ethical development and use of the technology."