Intelligence is not ‘Artificial’: Human beings are in charge
Artificial intelligence is here now — it is the software and hardware that surrounds everyone on earth.
The term “Advancing Intelligence” might keep some technology CEOs more accountable. Replacing artificial with advancing signifies the intelligence is human, not machine, and is guided by people working at technology companies. It widens the scope to the thousands of technologies — collectively intelligent — upon which people are already dependent, and signals that the future is a function of technology companies’ roadmaps by which their employees are (intelligently) building products to serve people in a multitude of ways. It also emphasizes advancement — social utility and its impact, not only the apparent aptitude of the machine.
Google’s CEO, then, could have acknowledged that Google is now already become a world leader in AI (advancing intelligence). AI is not only robots and autonomous vehicles, but also information services that can extend human intelligence, such as: search, voice-recognition, mapping, news, and video services (YouTube), sharable documents, cloud storage, mobile access (Android), and so on. With a mission statement “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” Google has made a large fraction of the world’s information available to people with search, handling 6 billion requests every day.
Pichai could also have boldly declared that disruption is already happening. A crisis of public mistrust in Internet technology providers, including Google, is in full swing, especially around the lifeblood of the advancing future: data and information.