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POST TIME: 14 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology
AFP, San Francisco

Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology

Google chief Sundar Pichai said fears about artificial intelligence are valid but that the tech industry is up to the challenge of regulating itself, in an interview published on Wednesday.

Tech companies building AI should factor in ethics early in the process to make certain artificial intelligence with "agency of its own" doesn't hurt people, Pichai said in an interview with the Washington Post.

"I think tech has to realize it just can't build it, and then fix it," Pichai said. "I think that doesn't work."

The California-based internet giant is a leader in the development of AI, competing in the smart software race with titans such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and Facebook.

Pichai said worries about harmful uses of AI are "very legitimate" but that the industry should be trusted to regulate its use.

"Regulating a technology in its early days is hard, but I do think companies should self-regulate," he said.

"This is why we've tried hard to articulate a set of AI principles. We may not have gotten everything right, but we thought it was important to start a conversation."

Google in June published a set of internal AI principles, the first being that AI should be socially beneficial.

"We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use," Pichai said in a memo posted with the principles.

"As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right."